(Monkey Cage) (Co-authored with Hannah S. Chapman) Considering the Russian government’s disinformation efforts to polarize American voters during the 2016 presidential election, the United States and major corporations have been working to prevent the Kremlin from influencing the 2020 election via social media. But powerful governments use mass media to try to sway opinions not just through social media, but also in many different ways around the globe.
Countries including the United States, Russia and China dedicate extensive resources to persuade international audiences to think favorably about their countries, governments and policies. But how effective are these efforts at influencing public opinion? That’s the question our research tried to answer. [...]
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