Shiva Ayyadurai's Senate Campaign Was Being Promoted By Fake Facebook Accounts - 2018-10-02

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F0.png Shiva Ayyadurai's Senate Campaign Was Being Promoted By Fake Facebook Accounts October 2, 2018, Nina Jankowicz, BuzzFeed

But three weeks ago, after inquiries from BuzzFeed News, Facebook deleted the Johnson account along with at least three other fake profiles that appear to have been part of a coordinated astroturfing campaign to benefit Ayyadurai. Facebook also removed three profiles and a page belonging to a key Ayyadurai campaign volunteer, Frank Licata.

A Facebook spokesperson told BuzzFeed News the company "disabled several accounts and Pages for violating our policies against fake accounts, spam, and misrepresentation."

Though this instance of false amplification was small-scale compared to the millions of impressions generated by Russian trolls during and after the 2016 election, it demonstrates the ongoing presence of astroturfing and fake accounts in US politics.

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{{cite news | first = Nina | last = Jankowicz | title = Shiva Ayyadurai's Senate Campaign Was Being Promoted By Fake Facebook Accounts | url = https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ninajankowicz/elizabeth-warren-senate-campaign-shiva-ayyadurai-facebook | work = BuzzFeed | date = October 2, 2018 | accessdate = May 21, 2019 }}