“The Russian ad scandal has captured lawmakers’ attention in a way Facebook’s previous political crises — from allegations of bias in its Trending column to its role in spreading fake news — have not. It has crystallized a trio of individual fears — Facebook is too big, has too much influence, and cannot effectively monitor itself — into one big expression of all of them.“
Ditto for Google, IMO, and I say that as a devout user of Google services. So much power and influence is consolidated in organizations that have built their empires on the assumption that they’re a neutral platform. But when you have global reach and tools that anyone can leverage, regardless of where they are in the world, it’s a target that’s ripe for social engineering.
It’s astroturfing on an unprecedented scale.