Russia is still working to undermine U.S. democracy and will target the 2020 presidential election with fake news and propaganda spread on social media, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned on Friday.
Since the 2016 election, the nation has continued it’s campaign, using the 2018 midterm election as a “dress rehearsal” for their planned efforts to influence the 2020 election, Wray said at a speech in Washington, D.C., according to several reports.
“We recognize that our adversaries are going to keep adapting and upping their game,” Wray said, The New York Times reported.
He added that the foreign agents from the country will use social media, as they did in the 2016 presidential election, to sow division in the U.S.
“Fake news, propaganda, false personas, etc., to spin us up, pit us against each other, sow divisiveness and discord, and undermine Americans’ faith in democracy,” he said at the speech at the Council on Foreign Relations.
He said social media companies have made strides in shutting down fake accounts and working to stop the spread of fake news, but that hasn’t stopped Russia from using the tactic.
“I think those companies recognize that there’s a need for them to take action so that their own platforms are not abused,” he said.
His statement comes after Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted his report on Russia interference in the 2016 election, which showed no collusion with the Trump campaign, but outlined a vast attempt by Russia to influence the vote.
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