As Moscow ramped up its cyber political attack on the American democratic process, Kremlin controlled investors held major stakes in Facebook and Twitter.   It would be naïve to assume that the open doors to Silicon Valley ‘C-suites’ that come with their holdings in social media didn’t cross Russian minds.

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Social media moguls' disregard for facts and professional journalistic standards may well have facilitated Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.  But Russia's success in peddling bogus news via Twitter and Facebook exposed more fundamental problems: a poorly educated electorate and a news industry that has become concentrated in ever-fewer hands.