In Russia, billionaire Yevgeny Prigozhin funds the Internet Research Agency (IRA) social media “troll farm”. His organization has tripled in size. The IRA is accused of flooding social media with propaganda messaging, fake news, and comments to influence elections in the U.S. and elsewhere.
In the U.S., billionaire Tom Steyer will spend $30 million to get Democrats elected in 2018. Much of this will likely fund social media propaganda activities.
I am so old, I remember 18 months ago when the billionaire class buying elections was a really bad thing. Ahhh, the good ‘ol days!