The Soviets started attacking the Western Alliance with fake news (their term) more than 50 years ago. With some success (ever hear that maybe the CIA killed JFK? – that was fake news created by the KGB who had over 10,000 people doing this back then), especially since Facebook. Their well-funded operation is part of their military, as they see it as war against the Western Alliance and the US in particular. They have been winning amazing victories in this war since 2015, and the US (at least the GOP) isn’t even sure we’ve been attacked! Meanwhile, Trump and his White House, Fox News, and many Republicans are fighting on Russia’s side in the war.
Thank you PBS. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/the-long-history-of-russian-disinformation-targeting-the-u-s