Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Fake Facebook event pages tried to entice real anti-immigration rallies

Fake Facebook event pages tried to entice real anti-immigration rallies

Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenate approves resolution condemning white supremacist groups Week ahead: Lawmakers alarmed by Equifax breach Five major revelations from Congress's Russian Federation probes MORE (Va.) has repeatedly said he would like a hearing on the matter after Facebook revealed last week that a pro-Kremlin organization had bought $100,000 worth of political ads on its platform during the 2016 election.

One of the events backed by the Russian-bought ads was an August 27, rally in the small Idaho town of Twin Falls where refugees are actually welcome.

Facebook, the world's largest social network, said last week that an operation likely based in Russian Federation had placed thousands of USA ads with polarizing views on topics such as immigration, race and gay rights on the site during a two-year period through May 2017. We demand open and thorough investigation of all the cases regarding Muslim refugees!

The anti-Muslim immigration events were organized by front groups that were actually "Russian operatives", a Facebook spokesperson told reporters. "All government officials, who are covering up for these criminals, should be fired!"

Burr and Warner said they have been speaking with each other about a potential hearing.

Ads that Russian operatives purchased on Facebook during last year's presidential election actively promoted then-Republican candidate Donald Trump's anti-immigration campaign and other conservative causes, USA media are reporting.

The calls for the social media platform's representatives to appear before the Congress came from Senator Mark Warner, ReCode reported on Tuesday. "I question whether Facebook has put near the resources they need into getting us all the facts".

Less than a week ago, Facebook revealed it had sold $100,000 worth of ads to inauthentic accounts likely linked to Russian Federation during the U.S. presidential election.

The top lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee have both signaled interest in having Facebook and Twitter testify about Russian interference on their platforms during the 2016 presidential election. But, the Russian rabbit hole goes even deeper than the $100,000 spent on deceptive ads. "It is illegal for any foreign national to spend money to influence American voters as they participate in the process of democratic self-government", CLC President Trevor Potter wrote in the letter.

The company said it has turned over information about the ads to the Justice Department and congressional committees which are investigating Russia's alleged interference in the election.

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