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A social media campaign calling itself "Blacktivist" and linked to the Russian government used both Facebook and Twitter in an apparent attempt to amplify racial tensions during the U.S. presidential election, two sources with knowledge of the matter told CNN. The Twitter account has been handed over to Congress; the Facebook account is expected to be handed over in the coming days.
Both Blacktivist accounts, each of which used the handle Blacktivists, regularly shared content intended to stoke outrage. "Black people should wake up as soon as possible," one post on the Twitter account read. "Black families are divided and destroyed by mass incarceration and death of black men," another read. The accounts also posted videos of police violence against African Americans.
The Blacktivist accounts provide further evidence that Russian-linked social media accounts saw racial tensions as something to be exploited in order to achieve the broader Russian goal of dividing Americans and creating chaos in U.S. politics during a campaign in which race repeatedly became an issue.
The Facebook account had 360,000 likes, more than the verified Black Lives Matter account on Facebook, which currently has just over 301,000.
The page also publicized at least seven rallies and demonstrations around the country in 2016. The events ranged from the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party to a march in Baltimore commemorating the death of Freddie Gray. In several cases, it appears that the events were real, and were organized by other groups, but that the Blacktivist account was working to increase turnout.
"We are fed up with police violence, racism, intolerance and injustice that passed down from generation to generation. We are fed up with government ignorance and the system failing black people," the page's description of the march for Freddie Gray read.
That same Freddie Gray event was covered by RT, a television network funded by the Russian government.
CNN reported Wednesday that at least one of the Facebook ads bought by Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign referenced Black Lives Matter and was specifically targeted to reach audiences in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, two cities that had gained widespread attention for the large and violent protests over police shootings of black men.
The Twitter account, @Blacktivists, provided several clues that in hindsight indicate it was not what it purported to be. In several tweets, it employed awkward phrasing that a native English speaker would be unlikely to use. It also consistently posted using an apostrophe facing the wrong way, i.e. "it`s" instead of "it's."
The Blacktivist Facebook account was among the 470 Russian-linked accounts identified by the social media network and disclosed to Congress earlier this month, the sources said. The matching Twitter account was among the roughly 200 accounts Twitter identified with links to those found by Facebook.
Facebook shared its findings about the accounts with Twitter, enabling Twitter to identify 22 matching accounts and an additional 179 accounts that linked back to those accounts, the sources said. This matching process went beyond public-facing similarities and included private information that could link the accounts.
All of the ads handed over by Facebook were linked to the Internet Research Agency, a shadowy company that U.S. military intelligence has described as "a state-funded organization that blogs and tweets on behalf of the Kremlin." A senior Kremlin spokesman said last week that Russia did not buy ads on Facebook to influence the election.
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Anybody on the right disgusted by this?
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Americans always did fall for parlor tricks and Dr Feel Good.
Trump never met a rube he couldn't sway and Putin sees the benefit in that.
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Anybody on the left?
Yes.
Are you outraged at what Russia is doing?
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Yes.
Are you outraged at what Russia is doing?
If I said I want Russia and its ruling monkeys to go to Hell, would I make myself clear? Only lunatics think that the way to conquer a free nation is to split the people into groups against each other.
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Why wouldn't they be?
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Yes.
Are you outraged at what Russia is doing?
I'm not. All countries are gathering data on what on what other countries are doing, and all countries tend to try to influence what other countries are doing. And that includes the US and Russia. That stared long before the French aided that bothersome colony in its quest to go its own way.

This is just another attempt by the left to keep the failing Russkie connection alive since that's mostly all they've got.
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So was this supposed to help Trump or are you just complaining how easy Minorities and allies can be motivated (exploited) into useless political activism?

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Americans always did fall for parlor tricks and Dr Feel Good.
Trump never met a rube he couldn't sway and Putin sees the benefit in that.

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The Blacktivist accounts provide further evidence that Russian-linked social media accounts saw racial tensions as something to be exploited in order to achieve the broader Russian goal of dividing Americans and creating chaos in U.S. politics during a campaign in which race repeatedly became an issue.
Exploited is an interesting word. Just who is being agitated / instigated into political action? It seems to me that these "Russian" groups / accounts are kindred spirits with Black Lives Matter / Black Liberation Theology / Afrocentric / anti-white groups. To me, the motivation of Minorities and White allies and other like-minded people into political action / activism would help Democrats. Your side takes it as QED that Trump voters are racists who were already dismissive of Black activism so whatever incremental ratcheting up of "racial tensions" this caused is statistically insignificant.


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The Facebook account had 360,000 likes, more than the verified Black Lives Matter account on Facebook, which currently has just over 301,000.
Is it your (or saltwn's) premise that more likes for these "Blacktivist" sites helped Trump?


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The page also publicized at least seven rallies and demonstrations around the country in 2016. The events ranged from the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party to a march in Baltimore commemorating the death of Freddie Gray. In several cases, it appears that the events were real, and were organized by other groups, but that the Blacktivist account was working to increase turnout.

"We are fed up with police violence, racism, intolerance and injustice that passed down from generation to generation. We are fed up with government ignorance and the system failing black people," the page's description of the march for Freddie Gray read.
And this intended to nurture support for Trump how, through reverse psychology? Seeing all these politically motivated Minorities and allies marching, would increase racist Republican turnout on election day?


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Anybody on the right disgusted by this?
Disgusted? No. I see it as expected . . . If these Russian "Blacktivist" sites were as successful motivating Minorities and allies as claimed here, that serves / supports / the Leftist / Social Justice agenda with more Minority social justice voters. I don't see it as helping Trump at all and I would enjoy reading a reasoned explanation for why you (and especially saltwn) believe it helped Trump.

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I find this underhanded...

But no one in the media will see if any other countries have done the same...They focus on Russia and pretend no other outsiders had any influence and/or made attempts...

I also find this MUCH more disgusting, but this is perfectly allowable...

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Can anyone on the Left (or the CIA if they're reading this ) PLEASE explain how this is any different?...

Pelosi, Vicente Fox plot to defeat Trump, Mexican calls Trump voters lazy drunks

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Latin America's toughest critic of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spent 30 minutes with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in Mexico this week plotting to help the Democrats defeat the businessman and give the presidency to Hillary Clinton.

In an exclusive interview with theWashington Examiner Friday, former Mexican President Vicente Fox also said that he is "becoming a fan of" Clinton, who he compared to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and he disparaged Trump supporters as lazy, uneducated, TV watching drunks.

He complained that that Mexico buys billions of dollars of items from the United States that create 10 million American jobs, but Trump supporters still "don't respect us."

He added, "We need to wake up that citizen. We need them to take them away from the TV and drinking beer, to working hard, to getting the skills, to getting knowledge, and they will come along, like everybody else."

On a media tour to promote an anti-Trump, "compassionate, intelligent leadership" agenda, he said that he met with Pelosi at the airport in Mexico City Sunday and discussed ways he can help convince Latin American immigrants in the United States to reject Trump.

"What I've been saying here, I told her. Count with us, with all Mexicans, to support the Democratic Party because you've done much better with us than the Republican Party," he said.
It's amazing that if a country has to use the back door to "influence", it's bad, but if they walk right through the front door and actually conspire with an American political party, it's all hunky-dory...
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Why wouldn't they be?
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I'm not.
Out of curiosity GottaGo, are you going to talk to the people in this thread about their reaction?
Cause they are the ones who are answering your question...


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All countries are gathering data on what on what other countries are doing, and all countries tend to try to influence what other countries are doing. And that includes the US and Russia. That stared long before the French aided that bothersome colony in its quest to go its own way.
This is just another attempt by the left to keep the failing Russkie connection alive since that's mostly all they've got.
Where did I say anything about Trump?
WHERE DID THE ARTICLE say anything about Trump?

The right loves to attack the left and blame them for "the divide" in the U.S.
But the Russians get a pass when they actively engage in such antics?



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I find this underhanded...
But not disgusted...


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But no one in the media will see if any other countries have done the same...They focus on Russia and pretend no other outsiders had any influence and/or made attempts...
If you've got evidence of something occurring, then present it.

A lot of Russia's activities regarding our 2016 election our documented.
Notice that the word "Trump" is not in that last sentence so kindly divorce yourself from that victimization mindset and simply acknowledge that "A lot of Russia's activities regarding our 2016 election our documented." is a fact.

You complaining that nobody has found anything from other countries is essentially a negative proof complaint. Without any comparative information regarding actual extent of invasive hacking, you want to complain that nobody is looking for other problems you have no information as to whether or not they occurred?



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I also find this MUCH more disgusting, but this is perfectly allowable...
I am repulsed that Russia performed illegal hacking activities.
I am disgusted that another country is fraudulently trying to divide this country by inciting a racial divide.


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It's amazing that if a country has to use the back door to "influence", it's bad, but if they walk right through the front door and actually conspire with an American political party, it's all hunky-dory...
Do you get that the hacking discussed is illegal?
You don't see a difference between out in the open vs refusing to be honest about the situation?

You say you can't understand why there is a difference?
I can't understand how you would miss those huge differences.

(And for the record, I'm not saying that Vicente Fox's statements get a gold star from me. The type of crap where our country leaders make such boorish statements should not be the norm.
But then there is Trump who is praised for not being PC ... )
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