Russia Used Facebook Events During 2016 Election To Stoke Xenophobia And Anti-Mexican Fears In Right Wing Americans

It was obvious in 2016 that Facebook was unwittingly being used by shadowy Russians, because the posts and attacks from users, which obviously were bots with less than 10 or 12 friends, seemed to encourage the very racism and xenophobia that Donald Trump was spewing to Trumpanzees with no education on the stomp on a daily basis.  But now Special Counsel Bob Mueller is connecting the dots and Trump and his allies in the White House are petrified.wink-putin
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 Islamophobic conspiracy theories pushed by pro-Trump media outlets—are the first indication that the Kremlin’s attempts to shape America’s political discourse moved beyond fake news and led unwitting Americans into specific real-life action.“This is the next step,” Clint Watts,  a former FBI agent and expert on Russia’s influence campaign, told The Daily Beast. “The objective of influence is to create behavior change. The simplest behavior is to have someone disseminate propaganda that Russia created and seeded. The second part of behavior influence is when you can get people to physically do something.”

Last week Facebook acknowledged for the first time that Russia used false identities and about 3,000 ads to spread politically divisive posts to Americans before and after the election. The content, according to an expert on Facebook’s advertising system, was likely seen by 70 million Americans, most likely Trumpanzees, and cost the Kremlin nearly $100,000.00 to get Trump elected.

Much of the Russian Facebook propaganda campaign has since been deleted. But bits and pieces remain visible in search engine caches, including a 2016 notice on Facebook Events—the site’s event management and invitation tool—announcing an August 27 rally in a rural Idaho town known to welcome refugees.

Due to the town of Twin Falls, Idaho, becoming a center of refugee resettlement, which led to the huge upsurge of violence towards American citizens, it is crucial to draw society’s attention to this problem,” the event notice began. The three hour protest was titled “Citizens before refugees”, and would be held at the City Council Chambers beginning at 11:00 am. The notice provided the street address and ended with a fiery exhortation.
Downright frightening how the Russians have fooled so many racist Americans, but what’s new? Anyone stupid enough to vote for Donald Trump would fall for anything.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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