Russian Based Facebook Pages, Posts, And Ads Intended To “Stir Dissention” In The United States Reached 146 Million Americans
At a Senate hearing on Wednesday November 1, 2017, “Facebook [stated] a Kremlin-linked influence campaign reached 146 million Americans” through a variety of pages, posts, and ads on both Facebook and Instagram. The campaign by the Russians was intended to “stir dissention” and “to sow political discord and manipulate the 2016 presidential campaign” by spreading racist, ethnocentric, and misleading information.
One of the larger Russian Facebook groups was called “Heart of Texas”, “attempted to organize a series of anti-immigrant, anti-Hillary Clinton rallies across Texas last November, three days before the election and months after Russian operatives used the social-media platform to organize an anti-refugee-resettlement protest in rural Idaho.” The Heart of Texas page, like many other Russian pages, was full of typos and often exhibited “a general unfamiliarity with basic English phrases.”
Facebook previously stated it had found approximately $100,000 in ad spending, associated with roughly 3,000 ads, connected to about 470 inauthentic accounts linked to a Russian group called the “Internet Research Agency.”