Baltimore Riots

Facebook ad purchased by Russian entity targeted Baltimore, likely aiming to deepen racial tension

Facebook ad purchased by Russian entity targeted Baltimore, likely aiming to deepen racial tension

A social media advertisement that targeted Baltimore users in the months following the 2015 riots was likely part of a broader effort by Russia to sow discontent and deepen racial tension, cyber security analysts said Thursday.

The Facebook ad, which referenced the Black Lives Matter movement, came to light this week as the social media giant prepares to turn 3,000 ads purchased by a Russian entity over to congressional investigators.

Social media companies are under increased pressure on Capitol Hill to explain their role in spreading fake news stories and propaganda. Twitter executives met with lawmakers Thursday and announced that they had shut down at least 22 accounts —...

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