Facebook and Twitter are becoming a ‘red-hot’ focus of Mueller’s Russia investigation

13 Sep , 2017 Politics

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Russia’s use of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms to spread fake news and propaganda during the 2016 election has become a “red-hot” focus of FBI special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s election interference, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.

The news comes one week after Facebook shut down roughly 470 “inauthentic” accounts and pages that “were affiliated with one another and likely operated out of Russia.” Facebook said in a statement that the accounts were connected to roughly $100,000 in ad purchases between June 2015 and May 2017.

Congressional investigators want to question Facebook and Twitter representatives, too, and the Senate Intelligence Committee is reportedly weighing whether to hold a public hearing focusing on how Russia used social media to “manipulate” voters.

A Facebook spokesperson declined to comment Wednesday.

Sen. Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters last week that the social media element of Russia’s influence operation — which included the hacks on the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta — “opens a whole new arena.”

Warner added that he thought the advertisements the Russians purchased were “just the tip of the iceberg.” Facebook has since …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics

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