More preemptive explanations by Dems on why the anticipated “Blue Wave” didn’t happen…
Facebook says it has uncovered a coordinated disinformation operation ahead of midterm elections involving false pages and profiles
With the Dem media putting out disinformation 24/7, I don’t see how anybody could expect the Russians to compete with that.
Facebook has removed a network of accounts and pages involved in what it called “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” the company said Tuesday.
In briefings on Capitol Hill, Facebook has told lawmakers that it suspects a Russian group is behind more than 30 pages advocating US political stances, according to a congressional source briefed on the matter. One page promoted a “No Unite the Right 2” march – a counter demonstration to a planned “Unite the Right” event to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the march in Charlottesville in which a woman was killed. There was also an effort to amplify the “Abolish ICE” message pushed by liberals, the source said.
Publicly, Facebook is saying it does not know for sure who was behind the network, but is saying it has “found evidence of some connections between these accounts” and accounts that had been run by Russian trolls in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. The company also said it had reported the network to law enforcement and to Congress.
Facebook said the “Resisters” page, which organized the “No Unite the Right 2” event, recruited real activists who “unwittingly helped build interest in” the event" and posted information about transportation, materials, and locations so people could get to the protests."
Facebook said it has contacted the real activists.
Nathaniel Gleicher, head of cybersecurity policy at Facebook, said in a post that the company was still investigating where the pages were run from but that, “Some of the activity is consistent with what we saw from the IRA before and after the 2016 elections.” (The IRA is the Internet Research Agency, a Kremlin-linked troll group that has been indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office on charges related to an alleged conspiracy to defraud the United States.)
He cautioned, “But there are differences, too. For example, while IP addresses are easy to spoof, the IRA accounts we disabled last year sometimes used Russian IP addresses. We haven’t seen those here.”
The social media company that it couldn’t tie the activity to Russia, which interfered on its platform around the 2016 presidential election. But Facebook said the profiles shared a pattern of behavior with the previous Russian disinformation campaign, which was led by a group with Kremlin ties called the Internet Research Agency.
It couldn’t tie the activity and yet they did.
Facebook said Tuesday that it had discovered a sophisticated coordinated disinformation operation on its platform involving 32 false pages and profiles engaging in divisive messaging ahead of the U.S. midterm elections
Sounds like the CIA or maybe the Mossad.
This kind of “thing” is happening and will again. We need to handle the internet tech and we are needing to speed ahead of any other wannabe game changer.
Sadly the Internet and many of the services on it were designed with the assumption that people would be well behaved. While this generally worked out fine for the early days of the Internet like you said it’s a problem we will likely have to deal with for a while.
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