The 2016 Presidential elections in the U.S. was marred with alleged interference from Russia through social media platforms. The investigation is still ongoing in the U.S. However, it is reported that Russians used targeted advertising to influence specific audience and impact outcome of who wins over the White House. The Russian meddling investigation has not reached its final verdict yet. The major social media giants such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google have been summoned to present their stance in front of Congress. Moreover, the fake news has been another issue these giants need to face as it played a crucial part in influencing the U.S. citizens before going up to the ballot box. Various theories have put forward and statistics have presented about the amount of money spent on targeted advertising.
The U.S. President expressed that this type of investigation impacts reputation of the country. If the final verdict says that there had been Russian meddling, it is obvious that Russians helped him win over the White House. Though the U.S. has been blaming Russia for interference, there is no strong evidence put forward by them. However, the tables have turned now. Russians have been accusing the U.S. of interference. However, it is not yet proven whether it is true.
Russia claimed that it has an evidence that the U.S. tried to interfere in upcoming Presidential elections in the country. The RIA news agency highlighted the claims from Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov about the American interference. The Interfax news agency outlined Ryabkov as saying that the U.S. has been trying to create chaos in the country before the Presidential elections. The U.S. imposed sanctions were meant to destabilize the country. However, there were no evidence presented to support the claims.
Russian citizens will head to ballot box on March 18. The recent polls state that Vladimir Putin will emerge victorious. On the other hand, Western observers are doubtful about the democratic merit of electoral process of Russia in general. Though there has been a cordial relationship between the U.S. President Donald Trump and the Russian President Vladimir Putin, international headlines have been dominated by whether there was interference from Russia in the U.S. Presidential elections in 2016. Till now, the investigation has filed charges against individuals and businesses with meddling and stated that they have tried to undermine Hillary Clinton, Trump’s rival in the elections. Though Russia has denied any type of interference, the U.S. intelligence services have agreed that there was an interference from Russia during the Presidential campaigns in the country.
Though Russia has claimed that there was an interference from the U.S. in upcoming elections, it seems more of a blame game to take a stance on alleged interference of the country in 2016 elections. Though there has not been any evidence published publicly, it is obvious that these accusations might be coming to divert the world from its alleged meddling. However, only time and thorough investigation will tell the truth if there was any interference from the U.S.