I has taken me a while to figure out how, but companies like Twitter are (intentionally or unintentionally) completely paying for or highly subsidizing the cyber attacks on The United States. At least one of the Russian IRA twitter accounts made over a million dollars in advertising and that was just one account. While some may claim that was rogue activity not in line with the IRA’s mission. I believe that revenue is helping fund the ongoing cyber terrorist attacks on The United States.
Russia was in economic free fall coming into 2016 when Russia rigged the 2016 United States presidential race for Donald Trump. Those working at IRA were probably desperate for a job. What do they care if trolling causes damage or a circus like atmosphere in the USA as long as they get paid?
A million dollars may only go so far in a high cost of living place like the United States. I looked it up and in 2016 the average monthly salary in Russia was at a low $437 USD/month. A few million dollars pays for a lot of human trolling hours in Russia.
We need to follow the money and cut it off. As I see it part of the solution is Social Media companies like Twitter and other Internet companies need to be prevented from helping fund future Russian cyber warfare through advertising dollars. If Putin wants all this cyber warfare, he needs to at least be paying for it on his own dime. There’s no reason the American economy should be helping fund this type of destabilizing activity. There needs to be some legislative financial controls to prevent this from happening in the future.
Chris Madsen is a writer and activist based in the great state of Hawaii. He frequently writes from the unique perspective of his Pacific home. His opinions are his own.
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