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Unread 2019-09-17, 15:19   #1
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"The Facebook page “Vets for Trump” was for most of its existence exactly what it seemed: a place where former U.S. service members touted Donald Trump, discussed veterans issues and shared conservative memes with its more than 100,000 followers.

Then in March, say its longtime operators, a North Macedonian businessman hijacked it, leaving the Americans to watch helplessly as their page began operating under foreign control. Their messages seeking help from Facebook led to months of miscommunication and inaction.

The takeover of Vets for Trump, which has not previously been reported, underscores how money, politics and online misinformation remain deeply and often invisibly entangled ahead of the 2020 presidential election, despite years of promises by government officials and technology companies to combat such problems.

Foreign actors — some seeking profit, some seeking influence and some seeking both — haven’t flagged in their efforts to reach U.S. voters through online information sources such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Veterans and active-duty military personnel are especially valuable targets for manipulation because they vote at high rates and can influence others who admire their records of service." (More)
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Unread 2019-09-18, 7:41   #2
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Both doctored images were posted during the period when Macias and Lemets controlled the content on Vets for Trump. Both said, in interviews with The Post, that while they didn’t create the images, they were fair game in the world of memes, where those who share such images do not expect literal truth.

“You’re fact-checking a meme?” Macias said. “Come on, man.”

Oh but now you're whining because Macedonia is peddling the lies for profit? It's OK when it's to get the win at the expense of democracy by feeding lies to the gullible though. Fuck you.
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