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Biden audio first shared by 'Russian agent' thrives online

Ex-Vice President Biden launches 2020 presidential campaign
Posted at 1:39 AM, Sep 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-12 01:39:01-04

BY AMANDA SEITZ AND ERIC TUCKER, WASHINGTON — Heavily edited recordings of conversations between Joe Biden and Ukraine's former leader represent a new front in foreign election interference.

The audio was disclosed in May by a pro-Russian Ukrainian lawmaker, and an Associated Press analysis shows how it's been watched and shared millions of times since then.

But while Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have taken steps to prevent foreign disinformation campaigns, their policies don’t prevent foreign troublemakers from launching an influence campaign built on material that wasn’t stolen and isn’t inherently false — even if the purpose is to mislead voters.