Officials see extremist groups, disinformation in protests - 2020-05-31

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F0.png Officials see extremist groups, disinformation in protests May 31, 2020, Colleen Long, Associated Press

U.S. officials sought to determine Sunday whether extremist groups had infiltrated police brutality protests across the country and deliberately tipped largely peaceful demonstrations toward violence — and if foreign adversaries were behind a burgeoning disinformation campaign on social media.

As demonstrations spread from Minneapolis to the White House, New York City and overseas, federal law enforcement officials insisted far-left groups were stoking violence. Meanwhile, experts who track extremist groups also reported seeing evidence of the far-right at work.

Investigators were also tracking online interference and looking into whether foreign agents were behind the effort. Officials have seen a surge of social media accounts with fewer than 200 followers created in the last month, a textbook sign of a disinformation effort.

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{{cite news | first = Colleen | last = Long | author2 = Zeke Miller; 'Michael Balsamo | title = Officials see extremist groups, disinformation in protests | url = https://apnews.com/32bc90566697388645f01675359dcad1 | work = Associated Press | date = May 31, 2020 | accessdate = June 6, 2020 }}