Brandy Zadrozny
Brandy Zadrozny
Reporter at NBCNews — Internet, Platforms, Politics. I used to be a librarian. DMs open / Signal 5512470630 / Brandy.Zadrozny@nbcuni.comSource
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Trump, QAnon and an impending judgment day: Behind the Facebook-fueled rise of The Epoch Times

Trump, QAnon and an impending judgment day: Behind the Facebook-fueled rise of The Epoch Times

By the numbers, there is no bigger advocate of President Donald Trump on Facebook than The Epoch Times. The small New York-based nonprofit news outlet has spent more than $1.5 million on about 11,000 pro-Trump advertisements in the last six months, according to data from Facebook’s advertising archive — more than any organization outside of the Trump campaign itself, and more than most Democratic presidential candidates have spent on their own campaigns. Those video ads — in which unidentified spokespeople thumb through a newspaper to praise Trump, peddle conspiracy theories about the...

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Facebook Bans Ads From The Epoch Times After Huge Pro-Trump Buy

Facebook Bans Ads From The Epoch Times After Huge Pro-Trump Buy

Facebook has banned The Epoch Times, a conservative news outlet that spent more money on pro-Trump Facebook advertisements than any group other than the Trump campaign, from any future advertising on the platform.The decision follows an NBC News report that The Epoch Times had shifted its spending on Facebook in the last month, seemingly in an effort to obfuscate its connection to some $2 million worth of ads that promoted the president and conspiracy theories about his political enemies."Over the past year we removed accounts associated with the Epoch Times for violating our ad policies,...

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Gilroy Garlic Festival gunman referred to 'Might is Right' manifesto before shooting

Gilroy Garlic Festival gunman referred to 'Might is Right' manifesto before shooting

GILROY, Calif. — The gunman who killed three people and wounded a dozen more at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California was an angry 19-year-old who had recently waded into the world of white supremacy. Santino William Legan, who was shot dead by police Sunday before he could do more damage, posted online about an 1890 racist manifesto, “Might is Right or The Survival of the Fittest,” NBC News confirmed. “Read Might is Right by Ragnar Redbeard,” Legan posted on his Instagram page. He then used a slurs against mixed-race people and misogynistic descriptions of white Silicon...

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