McClatchy News: FBI’s Russian-influence probe includes a look at Breitbart, InfoWars news sites
WASHINGTON: Federal investigators are examining whether far-right news sites played any role last year in a Russian cyber operation that dramatically widened the reach of news stories — some fictional — that favored Donald Trump’s presidential bid, two people familiar with the inquiry say.
Operatives for Russia appear to have strategically timed the computer commands, known as “bots,” to blitz social media with links to the pro-Trump stories at times when the billionaire businessman was on the defensive in his race against Democrat Hillary Clinton, these sources said.
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WNU Editor: Progressives/Liberals/etc. have been targeting Conservative websites like Breitbart/InfoWars/Drudge Report/etc. .... as well as talk radio .... for years to be either shut them down or have their reach limited via through regulation. And this is not surprising .... the audience for Drudge alone runs in the millions per month .... and a talk show host like Rush Limbaugh has 20 million listeners (at a minimum) per week. So why is the FBI investigating them now? I have noticed that these websites have .... in the past year .... completely revamped the look of their sites, and many of them have embraced social media to spread their message. Did this increase their traffic .... definitely .... and during the intensity of an election season .... doubly so. Coupled this with talk show hosts like Dr. Savage and many of these conservative websites taking credit for helping elect President Trump .... one should not be surprised that they have become targets for many who oppose their point of view. But the decision to deploy the FBI to investigate these successful and popular websites is new .... and in my opinon that is a troublesome development. And while progressives are probably applauding this investigation .... for free speech advocates and for those who knows what it is like to live in a society that places limits on one's public opinions (like myself) .... this is sending a cold chill down everyone's spine..
More News On The FBI Investigating Conservative Websites Breitbart News, InfoWars, And Others
FBI 'investigating role of Breitbart and other right-wing websites in spreading fake news with bots' -- The Independent
FBI probing far-right news sites: report -- The Hill
FBI investigating if right-wing news sites, including Breitbart and Infowars, had role in campaign cyber attacks -- New York Daily News
FBI Investigating Breitbart, InfoWars: Report -- Epoch Times
FBI investigating how Russia bombarded internet with RT, InfoWars and Breitbart articles -- International Business Times
FBI Reportedly Checks Sputnik, RT Over Russia's 'Interference' in US Election -- Sputnik