Study: ‘No Evidence’ 2016 Voters Swayed By Russian Social Media

Findings expose ‘limits of election interference campaigns on social media’

  • A New York University study found that Russian social media schemes during the 2016 election had little meaningful effect on U.S. voter behavior.
  • According to the study, the researchers found “no evidence of a meaningful relationship between exposure to the Russian foreign influence campaign and changes in attitudes, polarization, or voting behavior.”
  • Russian disinformation was concentrated among social media users, with “only 1% of users account[ing] for 70 percent of exposures.”