UPDATED 5:30 PM PT – Wednesday, August 26, 2020
The Justice Department has been working with election officials in all 50 states to make sure upcoming elections are safe from any foreign influence. According to Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, the latest developments in digital technology may expose U.S. elections to foreign risks.
He claimed Russia has spent at least $100,000 on efforts to influence U.S. elections.
“In the 2016 election cycle, the Russian Internet Research Agency, ‘spent a total of about $100,000 over two years on advertisements’ on Facebook to promote social discord and division,” explained Rosen. “(They) similarly placed disguised posts in tweets and several social media platforms.”
New reports have suggested many foreign election efforts are not masterminded by foreign governments, but rather by private companies.
“We continue to think it would be extraordinary difficult for foreign adversaries to change vote tallies,” he added.