Russian-linked Fb accounts helped stage divisive occasions

Fb will publicly share the divisive adverts bought by Russian-linked operatives.

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Folks linked to Russian-backed Fb accounts helped set up or fund occasions within the US round divisive matters — typically enjoying each side of a hot-button situation, in response to The Wall Road Journal. 

The WSJ cited an instance in July, when a Russia-based agency organized two occasions on the identical day. The primary was a “Blue Lives Matter” rally to honor fallen cops killed in Dallas on July 7. The opposite was for an occasion close to Minneapolis, the place folks gathered to honor Philando Castile, a black man shot fatally by a police officer throughout a visitors cease. 

The occasions illustrate that Russia did extra than simply affect the US by means of adverts and faux information unfold on social media. Russia has already confirmed that it is adept at creating viral content material and seeding dissent and outrage on social media.

These accounts helped set up the occasions earlier than and after the 2016 election, the WSJ stated. 

Fb could not instantly be reached for remark. 

Fb, together with Google and Twitter, are set to testify earlier than Congress concerning the affect of Russian adverts on Wednesday.

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