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Inside Russia's divisive Facebook pages

Jonathan Albright / Columbia University via AP

One of the key Russian Facebook pages was colored with hot-button words and phrases like "illegal alien," ''Sharia law" and "welfare state," AP's Ryan Nakashima and Larry Fenn find:

  • "'Being Patriotic' was among 470 pages and accounts that Facebook shut down ... in response to a congressional probe into Russian meddling in last year's election."
  • "While Facebook says it deleted the posts this week, the AP was able to perform a content analysis based on the 500 most popular posts on the page, which was one of six Russia-influenced Facebook pages examined by Jonathan Albright, research director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University."
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