1. MAKTEN TILL BRYSSEL ELLER BLOMSTERMÅLA?
Brexit var en tydlig indikation på att EUs medborgare inte vill se mer bestämmas i Bryssel. Och det har EU lovat oss sedan länge. En viktig grundpelare för EU har varit subsidiaritetsprincipen. Besluten ska fattas på så låg nivå som möjligt. Hellre på nationell än europeisk nivå, hellre på regional än nationell nivå, hellre på lokal än regional nivå. Eller kort sagt hellre i Blomstermåla än i Bryssel.
2. CONTRA PÅ TWITTER OCH FACEBOOK
Contra på Twitter. Kolla in på https://twitter.com/contranu
Contra på Facebook. Du kan söka efter ”Contra” (söker Du på Facebook i Sverige hittar Du det genast) eller använd hela adressen:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Contra/128635870583878 På Contras Facebook-sida kommer fortlöpande uppdateringar och länktips! Klickar Du i ”gilla” får Du dessutom meddelande om när det finns något nytt på sidan.
3. VECKANS CITAT: RYSSAR ORGANISERADE ANTI-TRUMP-DEMONSTRATION EFTER VALET
I svenska media sprids uppgifter om Donald Trumps påstådda mellanhavanden med ryska intressenter under valkampanjen förra året. I USA diskuteras också hur Hillary Clintons kampanj betalade ryska intressen för att gräva fram smuts om Donald Trump. The Hill, tidningen som bevakar det politiska livet i Washington, berättar om hur ryska intressen organiserade en anti-Trump-demontsration omedelbart efter valet för ett år sedan. Målet tycks vara att skapa split i USA:
Thousands of Americans attended a march last November organized by a Russian group that used social media to interfere in the 2016 election. The demonstration in New York City, which took place a few days after the election, appears to be the largest and most successful known effort to date pulled off by Russian-linked groups intent on using social media platforms to influence American politics. Sixteen thousand Facebook users said they planned to attend a Trump protest on Nov. 12, 2016, organized by the Facebook page for BlackMattersUS, a Russian-linked group that sought to capitalize on racial tensions between black and white Americans. The event was shared with 61,000 users. As many as 5.000 to 10.000 protesters actually convened at Manhattan’s Union Square. They then marched to Trump Tower, according to media reports at the time.
The BlackMattersUS-organized rally took advantage of outrage among groups on the left following President Trump’s victory on Nov. 8 to galvanize support for its event. The group’s protest was the fourth consecutive anti-Trump rally in New York following election night, and one of many across the country…
While the focus has been on Russian efforts ahead of the election, the BlackMatters rally days after Trump’s victory shows that Russian-linked social media influence efforts continued after the election. The BlackMatters organizing group was connected to the Internet Research Agency, a Russian “troll farm” with ties to the Kremlin, according to a recent investigation by the Russian Magazine RBC. Facebook has identified the Internet Research Agency as the group responsible for purchasing 3,000 political ads on Facebook’s platform and operating 470 accounts that appear to have attempted to influence the perspectives of Americans during the 2016 elections.
Facebook has since deleted those 470 accounts. BlackMatters’s account has been deleted as well, although Facebook has not officially confirmed the reason for BlackMatters being deleted from its site. Twitter also appears to have deleted an account associated with the group, possibly in its own purge of accounts linked to Russian actors.
“This is another example of why it’s important to disclose who is paying for promoted posts on Facebook,” said Katherine Haenschen, a professor who researches digital media at Virginia Tech…
Facebook recently announced that it would introduce new transparency features, including making users who run election ads verify their identities with the company…