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If it had any direct impact on the election, that was basically unintentional. The point of using bots is to muddy the waters of political discussion and turn internal disputes between neolibs and neocons into grand conspiracies involving russian spies and cyberwarfare, hence why no attempt was made to hide what they were doing.I think it's naive to think Russian intelligence is not also involved and doesn't have disinformation strategies on social media.
How much it actually matters is debateable (I doubt it had any significant impact on the election, but it's hard to tell).
Until a few years ago they did something similar to try and undermine the BBC by posting loads of comments saying "BBC is biased for not reporting on riot #8283782 within 2 hours, watch Russia Today instead!". It was so blatant that accusations of russian propaganda began flying immediately.