On the show AMJOY on MSNBC this weekend, they did a story about how Russia uses our diversity to attack us on social media and that their platform of choice is Facebook.
This had special resonance with me because I have been battling this kind of attack on my Facebook page for the last month. The bots didn’t find me in 2016. But my life and my social media presence are different now. I have been part of the anti-Trump Resistance since 2017 and the Russians are determined to help Trump get reelected. We are standing in their way. Compromising our communications and using us to spread misinformation to help Trump is obviously part of their plan.
It started for me during the Black Lives Matter protests. Due to COVID and my age, I didn’t feel comfortable joining the in-person protests, but I did sign up with several groups on Facebook, pledging support and posting information about the protests across my social media world to grow the audience for the movement. That world has become quite large since 2016. I am a member of multiple grassroots anti-Trump groups, in particular East End Action Network (EEAN), as well as a member of the Southampton Town Democratic Committee (SHDems). I am also a journalist and published a book about the anti-Trump Resistance, The Resistance and Me and how it powered the blue wave in the 2018 midterm election. This year, my website and my blog are dedicated to providing information to volunteers about voter outreach for the 2020 election. In other words, I am far more visible on social media than in 2016 [more].