Russians used Facebook, Twitter to manage 'Blacktivist' accounts

(Worthy News) – The Russian government used Facebook and Twitter accounts to instigate racial tensions during the 2016 election.

Both the Twitter and Facebook accounts, under the name “Blacktivist,” shared controversial content including “Black people should wake up as soon as possible,” in one Twitter post and “Black families are divided and destroyed by mass incarceration and death of black men,” in another. The accounts also posted videos highlighting police violence against blacks, according to CNN.

The Facebook page promoted at least seven rallies and demonstrations including the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party and a march to commemorate the death of Freddie Gray, although it did not organize the events. Rather, the Facebook group was promoting real events to increase attendance.

The “Blacktivist” Twitter account had been disclosed to Congress and is expected to receive the Facebook account shortly.

This account is another example of accounts traced back to the Russian government attempting to instigate political discord. [ Source: Washington Examiner (Read More…) ]

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