A huge weirdness exists in the latest story about Russian interference in US elections.
In a blog post dated November 5, Facebook said it “identified around 30 Facebook accounts and 85 Instagram accounts that may be engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior.”
Ho, hum — Russia’s at it again, right? But wait.
Facebook said “almost all the Facebook Pages associated with these accounts appear to be in the French or Russian languages, while the Instagram accounts seem to have mostly been in English.”
The idea that posts in French and Russian were designed to influence the outcome of the US election does not pass the test of reasonableness.
The number of Americans who 1) speak either French or Russian; 2) who might be influenced by a Facebook post; and 3) who might see these obscure Facebook posts essentially rounds to zero.
Disinformation campaigns by the Internet Research Agency seek virility — there’s no way a post in French or Russian is going to go viral in America.
“Once we know more — including whether these accounts are linked to the Russia-based Internet Research Agency or other foreign entities — we will update this post.”
I hope in updates they address this weirdness.