Russian Disinformation Puts Courts' Legitimacy At Risk

By Cara Bayles (May 26, 2022, 4:40 PM EDT) -- Disinformation created by Russian operatives and spread by an unsuspecting public threatens not just election integrity, but also trust in the court system, experts warned Thursday, during a National Judicial College symposium on the courts' role in preserving democracy.

After Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election — a Kremlin-ordered campaign that created thousands of social media accounts to spread false information meant to sow mistrust in American elections — the Center for Strategic and International Studies looked at other democratic institutions that might be vulnerable to Russian disinformation efforts. Public confidence in the justice system seemed particularly vulnerable.

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