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The Conversation: How to keep yourself from unwittingly becoming a Russian agent

American citizens are unwittingly becoming Russian agents.

That’s an unavoidable conclusion of Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and an important problem that requires a change in thinking about how people interact on social media. Old adages like “Don’t talk to strangers” don’t really apply in a hyperconnected world. A more accurate replacement is perhaps even more worrying, though: “If you talk to strangers online, assume they are spies until proven otherwise.”

Facebook FB, -0.92% estimated that 126 million Americans saw one of more than 3,500 Russian-purchased ads on its site.

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