Russia has skilfully exploited social media to divide the West and increase Moscow’s power in Europe, the US and eventually Asia.

The use of social media as a platform to divide democracies works, in part, because the strategy preys on a fundamental blind spot in open societies: the origin and volume of voices taking part in an online discussion.

Read more in The Sydney Morning Herald with an interview by COMPROP Director of Research Sam Woolley.


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