Facebook finds Americans are taking pages from the Russian disinformation rulebook

After Dr. Blasey testified, Right Wing News posted several false stories about her — including the suggestion that her lawyers were being bribed by Democrats — and then used the network of Facebook pages and accounts to share the pieces so that they proliferated online quickly, social media researchers said.

Experts say we should be concerned because having Americans become the source of these campaigns brings up freedom-of-speech concerns. “Domestic disinformation is harder to root out than foreign disinformation,” researchers told NYT, “because in many cases it mirrors genuine networks of Americans engaging in free speech online.”

The only reason these pages got banned was because they were breaking the rules and making a bunch of fake accounts. With Facebook’s reacting to that part of it, it won’t be long before they figure out a new way. And how much more damage will be done until the next wave of fake news peddlers are discovered?

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