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Using innocuous-sounding names such as Veterans Today and American.made, Russian-run “news” sources proved adept at adopting the language and tropes of American populist conservatism to exploit political, racial and religious tensions.
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In December 2016, a man “investigating” the theory, which accused Clinton and other senior Democrats of running a child sex ring from a Washington DC pizzeria, opened fire with an automatic rifle inside the restaurant at the centre of the allegations. Interestingly, not all of the Russian-bought Facebook ads targeted conservatives.
Some of the 3,000 adverts that have been turned over to US congressional investigators were for groups purporting to represent LGBT rights, black activism, or liberal politics.
Some of their earliest exercises include spreading reports of a police shooting of an unarmed black women in Atlanta and of an Isis attack on a Louisiana chemical plant - both fake, and both calculated to push politically emotive buttons.
However, in the months leading up to the election, “her messages quickly became more political”, pushing conservative talking points on divisive topics such as displaying the Confederate flag, and the Black Lives Matter movement, to more than 70,000 followers.