Shuttered Facebook group linked to Russia organized anti-immigrant rallies across Texas

13 Sep , 2017 Business

Heart of Texas

A Russia-linked Facebook group attempted to organize a series of anti-immigrant, anti-Hillary Clinton rallies across Texas last November, three days before the election and months after Russian operatives used the social-media platform to organize an anti-refugee resettlement protest in rural Idaho.

The group, called “Heart of Texas,” had over 225,000 followers as of last summer but was shut down last week as part of Facebook’s takedown of accounts and pages “affiliated with one another and likely operated out of Russia,” a Facebook spokesman told Business Insider on Wednesday.

Casey Michel, a journalist who has spent years tracing US secession movements to Russia, tracked the group’s activity throughout the election and determined it was more than just a platform for far-right Texas secessionists.

Several signs pointed to the page being a Russian influence operation, including a lack of contact information, no ads, and a corresponding Twitter account that was created in November 2015 — right around the time Facebook experienced a surge in Russia-linked, fake accounts, Michel said. Its “about” section read only: “Texas’s the land protected by Lord.”

Perhaps the most revealing clue that “Heart of Texas” was not a project spearheaded …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Finance

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