- Facebook has removed 200 fake accounts created by a marketing firm that was working for an affiliate of conservative youth group Turning Point USA.
- The company announced that it had discovered a coordinated campaign to use fake accounts to comment on news articles, writing messages centered around topics like the coronavirus outbreak and the 2020 election.
- In examples published by Facebook, commenters criticized mail-in ballots, promoted big game hunting, and said Democrats “will do anything to screw over Americans.”
- Facebook said it discovered the campaign after reporting from the Washington Post last month found that the affiliate group, Turning Point Action, was paying teenagers to post pro-Trump messages.
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Facebook has removed hundreds of fake accounts created by a marketing firm working for Turning Point Action, an affiliate of pro-Trump youth group Turning Point USA, the company announced Thursday.
Facebook said it identified a coordinated campaign to create fake accounts that commented on other people’s posts after the Washington Post’s Isaac Stanley-Becker reported last month about a campaign to pump out conservative messages on the platform. Since then, Facebook said it’s identified 200 fake accounts tied to Rally Forge, a marketing agency that it said was working on behalf of Turning Point USA, as well as an organization called Inclusive Conservation Group. Facebook said it has now banned Rally Forge from the platform.
In a statement to Business Insider, Turning Point Action clarified it had been running the campaign, not Turning Point USA.
“Facebook’s blog post in question was in reference to a project for Turning Point Action, a 501c4 and an entirely separate entity. The mistake has been flagged with Facebook’s communication team,” the statement read. “Turning Point Action works hard to operate within social platforms’ TOS on all of its projects and