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Russians Bought Black Lives Matter Facebook Ad Targeting Ferguson, Baltimore

September 28, 2017  | 

At least one of the Facebook ads bought by Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign referenced Black Lives Matter and was specifically targeted to reach audiences in Ferguson, MO, and Baltimore, sources with knowledge of the ads told CNN.

Ferguson and Baltimore had gained widespread attention for the large and violent protests over police shootings of black men. The decision to target the ad in those two cities offers the first look at how accounts linked to the Russian government-affiliated troll farm known as the Internet Research Agency used geographically targeted advertising to sow political chaos in the United States, the sources said. 

The Black Lives Matter ad appeared on Facebook at some point in late 2015 or early 2016, the sources said. The sources said it appears the ad was meant to appear both as supporting Black Lives Matter but also could be seen as portraying the group as threatening to some residents of Baltimore and Ferguson. 

New descriptions of the Russian-bought ads shared with CNN suggest that the apparent goal of the Russian buyers was to amplify political discord and fuel an atmosphere of incivility and chaos, though not necessarily to promote one candidate or cause over another.

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Mark @ 9/28/2017 5:20 PM

Has anyone stopped and thought for a moment maybe this is exactly what Russia wants? That they really didn't care who won the election as long as we are a totally divided nation, descending into chaos, unable to do anything. And the liberals and the media are totally feeding into this, thinking they are fighting the good fight, but in reality doing the biding of the Russians for them.

Remember the whole, "don't let the terrorists win" thing? Maybe staying divided, protesting, hating each other, the President, and the country is letting Russia win.

SFC Steven M Barry USA RE @ 9/28/2017 5:24 PM

Anybody who believes anything CCN says is a fool.

Boston @ 9/28/2017 7:45 PM

CNN - Creating Negative News!

PoPo @ 9/29/2017 7:52 AM

Does anyone have any doubt that our intelligence/psy ops agencies aren't doing the same thing?

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