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NOVEMBER 16, 2018

     Facebook is a danger to freedom and civil liberties.  Facebook on Tuesday revealed more details about the fake Russian-linked Instagram accounts that posted politically divisive content on race and gender and on public figures such as President Donald Trump and Kanye West in a bid to influence voters in the midterm elections. More than 1 million people – 600,000 in the U.S. – followed at least one of the 99 Instagram accounts right up until the day before the U.S. midterm elections when the social media giant, acting on a tip from the FBI, took them down.

     The accounts are suspected to have been the work of Russia's Internet Research Agency, the group that tried to sway the 2016 presidential election by spreading politically divisive messages. A website purporting to present the Internet Research Agency claimed responsibility for the effort last week, but Facebook has stopped short of attributing the activity to the Kremlin-linked group.
 
 

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