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Exclusive: Russia Used Facebook Events to Organize Anti-Immigrant Rallies on U.S. Soil

Original story at The Daily Beast• 18 mentions • 2 weeks ago

The Daily Beast 2 weeks ago

Russian operatives hiding behind false identities used Facebook’s event management tool to remotely organize and promote political protests in the U.S., including an August 2016 anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim rally in Idaho, The Daily Beast has learned. A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to the Daily Beast that the social-media giant “shut down several promoted events as part of the takedown we described last week.” The company declined to elaborate, except to confirm that the events were promoted with paid ads. (This is the first time the social media giant has publicly acknowledged the existence of such events.) The Facebook events—one of which echoed ...
 
 
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12 Sep
Matt Osborne @OsborneInk
Exclusive: Russia Used Facebook Events to Organize Anti-Immigrant Rallies on U.S. Soil https://t.co/pmtBJs9PXy
12 Sep
Anonymous @AnonyOps
Facebook spokesperson confirms they “shut down” promoted protest events organized by Russian operatives on US soil https://t.co/fCF2zuUWYF
12 Sep
The Great Unwashed @_GreatUnwashed
Report Russia Used Facebook Events to Organize Anti-Immigrant Rallies on U.S. Soil https://t.co/ax2TWeYAsw
12 Sep
Kathe Garbrick @femmekatz
RT @kylegriffin1: Daily Beast: Russia used Facebook events to organize anti-immigrant rallies on U.S. soil. https://t.co/UXLFhXyiLa
12 Sep
Carl Zimmer @carlzimmer
Exclusive: Russia Used Facebook Events to Organize Anti-Immigrant Rallies on U.S. Soil https://t.co/ZNsF49hsxx
12 Sep
Steve Weinstein @steveweinstein
Exclusive: Russia Used Facebook Events to Organize Anti-Immigrant Rallies on U.S. Soil - The Daily Beast https://t.co/6HyXT73MOc via @nuzzel
12 Sep
Marc Love 🏳️‍🌈 @marcslove
RT @kylegriffin1: Daily Beast: Russia used Facebook events to organize anti-immigrant rallies on U.S. soil. https://t.co/UXLFhXyiLa
12 Sep
Mama Allyson @oakparkres
RT @samstein: NEW: Russia Used Facebook Events to Organize Rallies on U.S. Soil https://t.co/w1d0QphSdZ
12 Sep
Angela Korras @AngelaKorras
Top story: Peter Beaumont Exclusive: Russia Used Facebook Events to Organize An… https://t.co/kbMt4lACl5, see more https://t.co/ggQ1fshFLY
12 Sep
iA Inc. @iA
“The company declined to elaborate, except to confirm that the events were promoted with paid ads.” https://t.co/xKsEziamY2
12 Sep
Gina Thinks 💬 @A_ThinkingGirl
RT @NoahShachtman: EXCLUSIVE: Russians used Facebook to organize anti-immigrant rallies on U.S. soil. https://t.co/L6UMVnKs5Y
12 Sep
David Beard @dabeard
Another way Russia disrupted America: Facebook Events https://t.co/dvNWv4Qlis @thedailybeast
12 Sep
LOrion @LOrion
FACEBOOK's RED WEDDING (and stock sale, but DB missed that part) @Fahrenthold @Khanoisseur https://t.co/Hcb0Bp6jq3 https://t.co/3JKW9SzcZh
12 Sep
Glyn Moody @glynmoody
RT @NoahShachtman: EXCLUSIVE: Russians used Facebook to organize anti-immigrant rallies on U.S. soil. https://t.co/L6UMVnKs5Y
12 Sep
Sanho Tree @SanhoTree
Russia Used Facebook Events to Organize Anti-Immigrant Rallies on US Soil https://t.co/3nsylyLRnV They actually got Trumptards to show up!
12 Sep
Colin Jones @colinjones
BIG BIG BIG: Russia used Facebook events to organize anti-immigrant rallies IN America https://t.co/lQd3e7rn1f