How we traced the links between supposedly grassroots Facebook pages and right-wing political operatives - 2022-03-17

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F99.png How we traced the links between supposedly grassroots Facebook pages and right-wing political operatives March 17, 2022, Marc Fawcett-Atkinson, National Observer

A Canada's National Observer investigation has uncovered a network of at least a half-dozen self-professed grassroots Facebook pages linked to Canada Proud founder Jeff Ballingall — one of Canada's top right-wing communications strategists — and his associates. Here's how:

Facebook parent company Meta requires political advertisers to publish some identifying information, including phone numbers and addresses, on public disclaimers linked to their ads. Canada's National Observer identified recurring phone numbers and addresses using data from Facebook ads run in Canada between January 2018 and December 2021. An ongoing series by Canada's National Observer catalogues the impact social media can have on misinformation and democracy.

A Vancouver-area number was used to run ads on three purportedly community Facebook pages: Squamish Voices, Richmond Hill Voices and Nouvelles de la Liberté in Terrebonne, Que.

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{{cite news | first = Marc | last = Fawcett-Atkinson | author2 = Jessica McDiarmid | title = How we traced the links between supposedly grassroots Facebook pages and right-wing political operatives | url = https://www.nationalobserver.com/2022/03/17/investigations/how-we-traced-links-grassroots-facebook-pages-right-wing-operatives | work = National Observer | date = March 17, 2022 | accessdate = December 16, 2023 }}