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‘Russia may meddle in Indian elections through media’

The situation could be more dangerous in those countries where the media is not as professional as that of the US, as per an Oxford professor

Washington: Russia may target the media in countries like India and Brazil to interfere in their elections, an Oxford University social media expert alleged before US lawmakers.

The remarks by Philip N Howard, a statutory professor of Internet studies at the Oxford Internet Institute and Balliol College at the University of Oxford, came during a hearing of the Senate intelligence committee on foreign influence on social media platforms. Howard, however, did not elaborate further about his allegations.

The situation could be more dangerous in those countries where the media is not as professional as that of the US, he said.

The powerful Senate committee held the hearing on the foreign influence on social media platforms with the focus on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential elections.

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