Russians duped Texans into fake rallies in Houston - 2017-11-02

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F205.png Russians duped Texans into fake rallies in Houston November 2, 2017, Jeremy Wallace, Houston Chronicle

Russian trolls tried to touch off a dangerous confrontation in downtown Houston as part of a wider effort to sow discord in American politics.

In 2016, a rally that pitted people waving White Lives Matters signs across the street from the Islamic Da'wah Center against people with bullhorns denouncing them was all staged by Russian-back social media groups that were trying to incite unrest, according to new information released by Congress.

"What neither side could have known was that Russian trolls were encouraging both sides to battle in the streets and create division between real Americans," U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, said in citing the confrontation as a prime example of how Russians were trying to meddle in U.S. politics through social media platforms.

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{{cite news | first = Jeremy | last = Wallace | title = Russians duped Texans into fake rallies in Houston | url = https://www.chron.com/politics/texas/article/Russians-duped-Texans-into-fake-rallies-in-Houston-12326774.php | work = Houston Chronicle | date = November 2, 2017 | accessdate = April 27, 2021 }}