From the New York Times:
Secret Experiment in Alabama Senate Race Imitated Russian TacticsRead the Times article here.
As Russia’s online election machinations came to light last year, a group of Democratic tech experts decided to try out similarly deceptive tactics in the fiercely contested Alabama Senate race, according to people familiar with the effort and a report on its results....
The project’s operators created a Facebook page on which they posed as conservative Alabamians, using it to try to divide Republicans and even to endorse a write-in candidate to draw votes from Mr. Moore. It involved a scheme to link the Moore campaign to thousands of Russian accounts that suddenly began following the Republican candidate on Twitter, a development that drew national media attention.
“We orchestrated an elaborate ‘false flag’ operation that planted the idea that the Moore campaign was amplified on social media by a Russian botnet,” the report says.
But I'm sure someone will soon explain that this NYT story about Democrats using Russian disinformation tactics is itself a Russian disinformation project. Next we'll hear that Hillary never actually deleted 30,000 emails under Congressional subpoena nor did she even set up a private server to avoid FOIA requests; the Russians planted all those stories in the press. That, or "deplorable" conservatives just made it all up.