Facebook and Twitter suspend Russian trolls trying to stoke US race tensions

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Facebook and Twitter have disabled dozens of accounts tied to an elaborate Russia-linked troll network based in Ghana that targeted African Americans across social media in an effort to provoke racial tensions, according to CNN, which shared its findings with the two social media platforms. To evade detection, Russia-linked actors helped set up what functioned as a non-governmental organization called EBLA, or Eliminating Barriers for Liberation of Africa, The Washington Post reports.

Facebook disabled 85 Instagram accounts, 49 Facebook accounts, and 69 pages. It said about 13,500 accounts followed one or more of the disabled pages, and about 265,000 people were following one or more of the Instagram accounts. Twitter removed 71…

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