By the Numbers
Facebook has over 2 billion users, and 67% of Americans get their news from social media networks (including 74% of people of color).
Before, during, and after the 2016 presidential election, Russian actors bought Facebook ads and promoted posts on hot-button issues like immigration, police brutality, the Black Lives Matter movement and slavery to sow discord amongst American voters, and to influence the outcome of the election.
For at least a year, the biggest page on Facebook purporting to be part of the Black Lives Matter network, titled simply “Black Lives Matter,” was a scam with ties to a middle-aged white man in Australia. The page had almost 700,000 followers.