Russian Federation used Facebook to organize anti-immigrant rallies

Russian Federation used Facebook to organize anti-immigrant rallies

Some of the ads bought by Russians on Facebook a year ago promoted events during the USA presidential election campaign, Facebook Inc. said Tuesday, indicating that alleged meddling ahead of the 2016 election went beyond social media.

One such event identified by the outlet was a 2016 rally in rural Idaho meant to protest the arrival of refugees in the town of Twin Falls.

As the Washington Post reports, Facebook recently admitted it sold advertisements to fake accounts linked to a Russian "troll-farm" with a history of peddling pro-Kremlin propaganda during the campaign. We demand open and thorough investigation of all the cases regarding Muslim refugees! The Daily Beast reported Monday night on the campaign to sow political discord by turning ordinary Americans into weapons in its information war. "All government officials, who are covering up for these criminals, should be fired!" Forty-eight people said they were interested in the protest but only four actually went.

Although numerous events had already been deleted from Facebook, some remnants still exist in search engine caches.

The rally was hosted by a Facebook group called "Secured Borders", which was a Russian front and is now suspended, according to the Daily Beast.

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"That somehow that was something they didn't think was relevant, which is again why I think this is the tip of the iceberg".

Burr and Warner said they have been speaking with each other about a potential hearing.

"Our analysis suggests these accounts and pages were affiliated with one another and likely operated out of Russia", Facebook said.

The top lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee have both signaled interest in having Facebook and Twitter testify about Russian interference on their platforms during the 2016 presidential election.

United States intelligence agencies assessed with "high confidence" in January that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a complex "influence campaign" involving cyberattacks and disinformation campaigns to undermine American democracy, hurt Hillary Clinton's chances and help Trump win the vote. But, the Russian rabbit hole goes even deeper than the $100,000 spent on deceptive ads. But Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 election also went beyond ad impressions, with evidence that Kremlin operatives sought to organize conservative protests in the USA via Facebook. Reuters reports that the company has already turned over information regarding these ads to Robert Mueller, the special counsel heading the Russian Federation probe.

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