From The Daily Beast:
The Facebook group United Muslims of America was neither united, Muslim, nor American.
Instead, sources familiar with the group tell The Daily Beast, it was an imposter account on the world’s largest social network that’s been traced back to the Russian government.
Using the account as a front to reach American Muslims and their allies, the Russians pushed memes that claimed Hillary Clinton admitted the U.S. “created, funded and armed” al-Qaeda and the so-called Islamic State; claimed that John McCain was ISIS’ true founder; whitewashed blood-drenched dictator Moammar Gadhafi and praised him for not having a “Rothschild-owned central bank”; and falsely alleged Osama bin Laden was a “CIA agent.”
Oh for eff’s sake. According to the article, this fake group posing as a real Muslim one had 268,000 followers.
It s becoming clearer by the minute that Facebook was an integral part of Putin’s diabolical war effort. The fact that Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO and founder of Facebook, is only recently seeming to take responsibility for this is a colossal outrage.
One can only hope the U.S. Intelligence community is on this, because otherwise the Russian ratf**king is only going to get worse.
Update 1: From CNN, the Russians were doing the same type of bogus Facebook agitating as regards Black Lives Matter and Ferguson:
At least one of the Facebook ads bought by Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign referenced Black Lives Matter and was specifically targeted to reach audiences in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, sources with knowledge of the ads told CNN.
Ferguson and Baltimore had gained widespread attention for the large and violent protests over police shootings of black men. The decision to target the ad in those two cities offers the first look at how accounts linked to the Russian government-affiliated troll farm known as the Internet Research Agency used geographically targeted advertising to sow political chaos in the United States, the sources said.
This is a Creative Commons article. The original version of this article appeared here.