Bill Russo, a spokesman for the Biden campaign, said the Russian activity was “proof of two immutable facts: Russia is attempting to interfere in our elections on behalf of Donald Trump, and Facebook’s platform is a key vector for these efforts. “President Trump’s refusal to speak out against Russian interference makes it all the more important that Facebook does more to enforce their rules and ensure their platform cannot be used to corrode the foundation of our democracy,” Mr. Russo said. Facebook used the F. B. I. tip to identify the Peace Data accounts and pages on its own platform, and to work with Twitter and other sites to remove the I. R. A. -run network.
Russian intelligence agencies have used allies and operatives to place articles, including disinformation, into various fringe websites. “The Russians are trying harder to hide; they are increasingly putting up more and more layers of obfuscation,” said Ben Nimmo, whose firm, Graphika, worked with Facebook to release a report on the fake site. “But they are still getting caught. The I. R. A. advertised for writers on an online job board, according to one American freelancer who wrote for Peace Data.
The Russian group that interfered in the 2016 presidential election is at it again, using a network of fake accounts and a website set up to look like a left-wing news site, Facebook and Twitter said on Tuesday.
A Russian troll farm that spread disinformation in 2016 is at it again, Facebook said on Tuesday https://t.co/5z7IDCL5NQ— NYTimes Tech (@nytimestech) September 2, 2020