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Silicon Valley made it easy for Americans to get played on social media

Silicon Valley made it easy for Americans to get played on social media

 

Americans are getting our first glimpse of how we got played.

On Wednesday, Congress released some of the 3,000 Facebook ads and Twitter accounts created by Russian operatives to sway American voters.

These disturbing messages, seen by up to 126 million Americans, raise thorny questions about Silicon Valley's responsibility for vetting the information it publishes. Beyond Washington, it leaves all of us who use social media to keep up with friends, share photos and follow news wondering: How'd the Russians get to me?

The short answer is Silicon Valley made it very easy.

Facebook's top lawyer told Congress on Wednesday the Russian effort was...

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