Facebook Still Faces Questions About Russia’s Reach

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Facebook Still Faces Questions About Russia’s Reach
Knowing more about the followings of the pages linked to the Russian entity, the Internet Research Agency, would
help the public better understand the extent of Russia’s reach in the months surrounding the election.
The pages associated with the Internet Research Agency, which Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel,
accused of meddling in the election, occupied different places on the political spectrum.
Blacktivist, which was set up ostensibly to champion African-American rights, had just over 198,000 followers by the
time of the presidential election, a big jump from 14,000 at the end of 2015, according to Mr. Albright’s data.
The Internet Research Agency, which has apparent ties to the Kremlin, proved successful in attracting followers to fake pages
that were designed to look as if they had been set up by political groups in the United States.
Being Patriotic, a group that made incendiary posts about illegal immigration, had 182,000 followers
by the time of the election, up from 70,000 in April 2016, the earliest date in Mr. Albright’s data.
As for Mr. Albright’s analysis, Mr. Steinfeld said, “The CrowdTangle data
that this researcher’s analysis relied upon did not account for any people who followed more than one page.
Since 120 pages were associated with the Internet Research Agency, Mr. Albright said the
total of followers for all the pages was probably significantly larger than 1.8 million.

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