Russians targeted Black social media users in the run-up to the 2016 election in an effort to influence the results.
According to the New York Times, the campaign "used an array of tactics to try to suppress turnout among Democratic voters and unleashed a blizzard of activity on Instagram that rivaled or exceeded its posts on Facebook, according to a report produced for the Senate Intelligence Committee."
Russia's involvement in the elections has been exposed more and more each week, with a whopping 16 officials in the Trump campaign who have already been linked to officials in the Soviet nation.
Analysts reportedly found that Russian operatives used social media to “confuse, distract, and ultimately discourage” Black people as well as other pro-Clinton factions from voting. One cited was even falsely accusing Clinton of receiving money from the Ku Klux Klan.
The Guardian reports that "One popular bogus Facebook account created by the Russians, Blacktivist, attracted 4.6 million “likes”. It told followers in the final weeks of the campaign that “no lives matter to Hillary Clinton”, that black people should vote for the Green party candidate, Jill Stein, and that “not voting is a way to exercise our rights”.
It's safe to say that there were other hands behind the scenes working hard for Trump to win the presidency. Now we just need to figure out what Russia gained from their efforts and whether any deals were made directly or indirectly by Trump.