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FB's Russia-linked ads came in many disguises

They were part of a disinformation campaign linked to the Internet Research Agency

Mike Isaac & Scott Shane | The Conversation 

The Russians who posed as Americans on Facebook last year tried on quite an array of disguises. There was “Defend the 2nd”, a Facebook page for gun-rights supporters, festooned with firearms and tough rhetoric. There was a rainbow-hued page for gay rights activists, “LGBT United”. There was even a Facebook group for animal lovers with memes of adorable puppies that spread across the site with the help of paid ads. Federal investigators and officials at Facebook now believe these groups and their pages were part of a highly coordinated disinformation campaign linked ...

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First Published: Tue, October 03 2017. 22:38 IST
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