REPORT: Russian Operatives Bought Black Lives Matter Facebook Ads
Russia Buys Black Lives Matter Facebook Ads To Create Racial Divide
Washington D.C. – 3,000 Russian-bought Facebook ads that were allegedly used to manipulate the U.S. presidential election included ads promoting Black Lives Matter, and targeted residents specifically in Baltimore and Ferguson, according to information from the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.
Even pro-Black Lives Matter media outlets agree that the purpose of the ads was to help create more racial division in America.
CNN reports that “the apparent goal of the Russian buyers was to amplify political discord and fuel an atmosphere of incivility and chaos.”
“This is consistent with the overall goal of creating discord inside the body politic here in the United States, and really across the West,” Former CIA officer Steve Hall told CNN. “It shows they the level of sophistication of their targeting. They are able to sow discord in a very granular nature, target certain communities and link them up with certain issues.”
The Russian group behind the Black Lives Matter ads is described by U.S. military intelligence as “a state-funded organization that blogs and tweets on behalf of the Kremlin.”
In addition to the ads, Russian media outlets such as RT (Russia Today) have long been hiring pro-Black Lives Matter journalists, attacked Blue Lives Matter, and gone out of their way to spin just about any police story as negative.
Their journalists also don’t like being discredited because of who they work for.
“Their aim was to sow chaos,” Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said of the Black Lives Matter ads, according to Washington Post. “In many cases, it was more about voter suppression rather than increasing turnout.”
In addition to the Black Lives Matter ads, the Russians also funded ads with anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim messages, giving more evidence that the goal was to sow racial division in America.