Facebook shuts down Russian fueled ”Resisters” … Yesterday CNN reported that Facebook took down a network of pages by Russian trolls with the goal of influencing the 2018 mid-term elections. Most of the pages referenced by CNN appear to be left-leaning in nature. This includes a page called “Resisters” that goaded real life activists to organize anti-Trump rallies. This goes to prove once again that like 2016, Russians weren’t trying to influence one side over another in the election but to sow discord among Americans.
Based on the current state of American Politics, the Russians were extremely successful.
Flashback … You’ll remember that in February CNN sent reporter Drew Griffin to Florida to doxx an elderly woman for sharing something from Russian trolls on Facebook. The woman was a pro-Trump activist who attended an event that was set up by the trolls. This was especially rich because CNN promoted an anti-Trump event that we later learned was also promoted by Russian trolls in the weeks after the 2016 election. Here’s what I wrote in February:
Where’s the CNN reporter interviewing the CNN producer for falling for a Russian-organized anti-Trump rally?
The woman told CNN’s reporter, Drew Griffin, that the people who attended the rally “were at my meetings. They were all Trump supporters. Okay.” The Daily Caller reported that around a dozen people attended the rally, according to pictures on the Team Trump Broward Facebook group page.
Around a dozen people attended the rally CNN sent a reporter to Florida to uncover. An estimated 10,000 people attended the rally organized by Russians that CNN promoted.
Note the part about the woman saying the people were at her rallies, at her events. It seems that’s the same sort of thing that happened with the “Resisters” group Facebook just shut down.
Facebook said the “Resisters” page, which organized the “No Unite the Right 2” event, recruited real activists who “unwittingly helped build interest in” the event” and posted information about transportation, materials, and locations so people could get to the protests.”
Facebook said it has contacted the real activists.
These events were widely attended according to CNN.
Next week’s event was not the only event the pages created. The pages created about 30 events since May 2017 and “The largest had approximately 4,700 accounts interested in attending, and 1,400 users said that they would attend,” Facebook said.
That seems like more than the dozen or so that showed up to the event promoted by the woman that CNN doxxed.
Equal opportunity? … Look, I’m not a fan of doxxing. But the left-wing media has often said that exposing people involved in stories is “just journalism.” That was the excuse for doxxing the elderly woman in Florida. So I have a question for the folks at CNN. Will you be sending a camera crew to the people identified by Facebook as having been duped by the Russians? Or were they promoting your agenda and are your allies, so they get a free pass?
I won’t be holding my breath for a response.
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Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC.