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FBI suspects Russia of spreading fakes in social networks before US elections
15:13, 6 August 2017
FBI suspects Russia of spreading fakes in social networks before US elections

In the months leading up to election day, Twitter and Facebook have become breeding grounds for the spread of viral "news" about conspiracies and hoaxes

15:13, 6 August 2017

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The FBI came to the conclusion that at least some accounts in social networks through which fake news were distributed during the presidential election campaign in the United States were part of the Russian campaign for misinformation. This is reported by CNN.

In the months leading up to election day, Twitter and Facebook have become breeding grounds for the spread of viral "news" about conspiracies and hoaxes, many of which contained negative false statements about Hillary Clinton.

The FBI monitored social networks on the election day of last year, trying to track a possible Russian misinformation campaign using fake news.

FBI analysts found that some of the social networking user accounts that were behind the spread of fake news were foreign and concluded that at least some of them were part of the Russian misinformation campaign, CNN reported citing two sources familiar with the investigation.

As you know, the FBI is investigating attempts to intervene in the US elections in 2016 and possible links of the team of the current president, Donald Trump with the Kremlin. Trump himself repeatedly called such charges a witch hunt.

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