Sinister Russian Manipulation of Facebook Lures Four People to a Rally

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Hit and Run Reason

If you like sensationalist tales of foreign masterminds manipulating domestic dissension, The Daily Beast has a doozy for you:

The article beneath that headline informs us that “Russian operatives hiding behind false identities used Facebook’s event management tool to remotely organize and promote political protests in the U.S.” It then illustrates this with the tale of a rally in Twin Falls, Idaho. If the facts these writers relate are true, there’s an interesting story here. Unfortunately, what’s interesting about it is almost entirely obscured by the way the report is told.

First there is the bizarre fixation on Facebook, a company whose role the writers repeatedly invoke. I know that anything that puts Facebook and Russia in the same vicinity is media catnip right now, but surely the story here is that Russia would want to organize such rallies, not that it used Facebook to do so. Imagine

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