Fans of Sean Hannity, Black Lives Matter among targets of Russian influence campaign

the watchman

Former Staff
Jul 2011
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Facebook, which also owns Instagram, received nearly $100,000 from the Russia-funded troll farm to run the 3,000 ads from 2015 to 2017, according to an NBC News analysis of the release.

The ads provide a deeper understanding of Russia’s use of social media to spread propaganda on divisive topics, which included pushing anti-immigrant messages to fans of specific Fox News personalities such as Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly, and buying batches of ads immediately after a mass shooting at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Some of the most divisive ads capitalized on the political movement Black Lives Matter and hot button political issues including immigration, gun control, the religion of Islam, and LGBT-centric topics. The ads also promoted events organized by Americans who were unaware their political rallies and protests were being fueled by a Russian disinformation campaign we know that upwards towards some 120 million FB users viewed the content. Content which likely made it's way to other social media sites and/or was actually picked up by Fox News ( as well as members of the Trump campaign themselves). If you're wondering where the "BLM is a racist hate group" narrative came from - thank Vlad.
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