State Dept. Was Granted $120 Million to Fight Russian Meddling. It Has Spent $0.

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As I've noted here before, a primary consequence of government inaction in the face of Russian misinformation campaigns is that it ramps up pressure on tech platforms to take more action:

As Russia’s virtual war against the United States continues unabated with the midterm elections approaching, the State Department has yet to spend any of the $120 million it has been allocated since late 2016 to counter foreign efforts to meddle in elections or sow distrust in democracy.
As a result, not one of the 23 analysts working in the department’s Global Engagement Center — which has been tasked with countering Moscow’s disinformation campaign — speaks Russian, and a department hiring freeze has hindered efforts to recruit the computer experts needed to track the Russian efforts.

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