Two ads: Samples of ‘Russian meddling’ on social media show targeting of left wing

Two ads: Samples of ‘Russian meddling’ on social media show targeting of left wing

[Ed. – The Slate article refers vaguely to how “the national conversation has focused more on Russians’ efforts to stir up the right wing ahead of the election,” but what we’re short on at this point is actual evidence of ads targeting the right wing.  This is a serious deficiency in the overall case.]

A famous black and white photograph of Black Panthers from 1968 is captioned with the words “never forget that the Black Panthers, group formed to protect black people from the KKK, was dismantled by us govt but the KKK exists today.” It was shared on Facebook at least 29,000 times and was intended get black Facebook users to follow a page called Blacktivist, so presumably they would then see its content without an ad.

Blacktivist, however, was operated by the Internet Research Agency, a Russian troll group working to inflame political unrest in America by focusing on the country’s most socially sensitive topics. The ad was released Wednesday as part of a small sample of the thousands of Facebook ads and Twitter accounts used by the Internet Research Agency, a Kremlin-backed group.

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