With just over 60 days to the 2020 election, Facebook and Twitter have announced that the Kremlin-backed organization that interfered in the 2016 election is once again targeting Americans with disinformation.
The announcement is the first evidence that St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency is seeking to repeat its success of four years ago and disrupt the U.S. presidential election. And while this campaign was ultimately unsuccessful, it showed that the Kremlin is repeating the strategy it pursued four years ago, by persuading left-leaning voters that Joe Biden is too centrist.
Facebook said it had removed 13 accounts and two pages, which sought to “target public debate in the U.S.” and other countries, including the U.K. and Egypt. Twitter said it had removed five accounts for “platform manipulation that we can reliably attribute to Russian state actors.”
Both platforms stressed that the campaign was in its very early stages and as a result had very limited impact…Read more>>