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