From Our NYT Files: Can You Spot the Deceptive Facebook Post?

From Our NYT Files: Can You Spot the Deceptive Facebook Post?

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By KEITH COLLINS and SHEERA FRENKEL
The New York Times

From Our NYT Files: Can You Spot the Deceptive Facebook Post?


Facebook, Twitter and Google executives have been invited to testify in Washington on Wednesday about foreign influence campaigns and disinformation online ahead of the midterm elections in November.

The problem has been far reaching. Over the summer, Facebook announced the discovery of hundreds of fake pages and user accounts on its site. Some pages appeared to specifically target Americans with divisive messages, using the same tactics that Russian operatives did to influence voters during the 2016 presidential campaigns.

The latest influence campaigns also imitated posts by legitimate pages and groups on Facebook that advocate political beliefs, making it difficult to tell what was a genuine post and what was not. Let’s compare some to see if you can tell the difference. Spoiler: It isn’t easy.

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