Russian Federation reportedly used Facebook to organize rallies in US

Russian Federation reportedly used Facebook to organize rallies in US

Russian Federation reportedly used Facebook to organize rallies in US

The Daily Beast is now reporting that operatives from the country set up Facebook events to remotely organize political protests in the US. "Due to the town of Twin Falls, Idaho, becoming a center of refugee resettlement, which led to the huge upsurge of violence towards American citizens, it is crucial to draw society's attention to this problem", the event notice reportedly said.

Facebook did not immediately respond to Ars' request for comment early Tuesday morning, but an unnamed spokesperson told the Daily Beast that the company had "shut down several promoted events as part of the takedown we described last week".

According to the Beast, Facebook confirmed the events were taken down in the same purge of the $100,000 ad buy network last week.

Facebook declined to provide details of the promoted events.

"We must stop taking in Muslim refugees!" the description warned. Forty-eight people said they were interested in the protest but only four actually went.

It is still unclear how many similar events were created using Facebook's events management tool.

According to the event page, the rally was hosted by "SecuredBorders", a community page on the social media website with 133,000 followers that was used as a Russian front and that has since been closed by Facebook.

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"Now that we've opened up this avenue of social media, it's of great interest for us to get a full accounting from everybody who operates in the space - if, in fact, foreign money found its way into financing any of the efforts on social media", Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, said late Tuesday afternoon.

"That somehow that was something they didn't think was relevant, which is again why I think this is the tip of the iceberg".

The Senate Intelligence Committee may call on representatives from Facebook and Twitter to publicly testify about foreign interference in USA elections after Facebook disclosed last week that shadowy Russian-linked accounts had purchased more than $100,000 in political ads from June 2015 to May 2017.

Facebook is in hot water with United States lawmakers.

Warner said that he has been frustrated by Facebook's limited disclosures on Kremlin-connected groups using the platform to influence the USA political, noting that the company has only revealed a single "troll farm" involved, the Internet Research Group.

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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