The Russian government used Facebook and Twitter accounts to instigate racial tensions during the 2016 election.
Both the Twitter and Facebook accounts, under the name "Blacktivist," shared controversial content including "Black people should wake up as soon as possible," in one Twitter post and "Black families are divided and destroyed by mass incarceration and death of black men," in another. The accounts also posted videos highlighting police violence against blacks, according to CNN.
The Facebook page promoted at least seven rallies and demonstrations including the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party and a march to commemorate the death of Freddie Gray, although it did not organize the events. Rather, the Facebook group was promoting real events to increase attendance.
The "Blacktivist" Twitter account had been disclosed to Congress and is expected to receive the Facebook account shortly.
This account is another example of accounts traced back to the Russian government attempting to instigate political discord.
Facebook recently announced $100,000 was purchased for ads from June 2015 to May 2017 by a Russian group called the Internet Research Agency, which has promoted pro-Russia propaganda. The money was affiliated with approximately 3,000 ads and 470 "inauthentic accounts and pages."
Facebook then suspended all 470 accounts connected to the ads because they did not adhere to authenticity requirements.
The CNN report said the "Blacktivist" Facebook account was one of the 470 Russia-linked accounts the social media network had identified and that the Twitter account tied to it was one of 200 that Twitter had found and taken action against.
It is unclear when the "Blacktivist" accounts were first created, but they had been active as recently as last month.