Facebook takedown exposes Russian-linked accounts sowing racial tension on other platforms
Despite intensive efforts to expunge Russian influence operations, social media companies are still struggling to identify fake accounts run by military and intelligence operatives
A takedown by Facebook on Thursday of previously overlooked Russian-linked accounts has uncovered similar disinformation campaigns on other social media platforms, intelligence firm Graphika has found.
Within the campaigns was evidence that Russian military operatives spent much of 2019 attempting to stoke anger over racial injustice among black Americans and bidding to influence a dispute between Russia and Japan over the Kuril Islands. They also published positive news coverage of Syrian and Russian operations in the war-torn country purportedly by two Syrian journalists who don’t exist...