Revealed: rightwing firm posed as leftist group on Facebook to divide Democrats - 2021-06-11

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F345.png Revealed: rightwing firm posed as leftist group on Facebook to divide Democrats June 11, 2021, Julia Carrie Wong, The Guardian

A digital marketing firm closely linked to the pro-Trump youth group Turning Point USA was responsible for a series of deceptive Facebook ads promoting Green party candidates during the 2018 US midterm elections, the Guardian can reveal.

In an apparent attempt to split the Democratic vote in a number of close races, the ads purported to come from an organization called America Progress Now (APN) and used socialist memes and rhetoric to urge leftwing voters to support Green party candidates.

Facebook was aware of the true identity of the advertiser – the conservative marketing firm Rally Forge – and the deceptive nature of the ads, documents seen by the Guardian show, but the company determined that they did not violate its policies.

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{{cite news | first = Julia Carrie | last = Wong | title = Revealed: rightwing firm posed as leftist group on Facebook to divide Democrats | url = https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/jun/11/facebook-ads-turning-point-usa-rally-forge | work = The Guardian | date = June 11, 2021 | accessdate = January 16, 2022 }}