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'#OperationBlockTheBus': Inside the Pro-Trump FB Group Where Biden Bus Convoy Was Organized

'#OperationBlockTheBus': Inside the Pro-Trump FB Group Where Biden Bus Convoy Was Organized

U.S. Election Day is Nov. 3, 2020. your state’s vote-by-mail options. our coverage of candidates and the issues. And just keep fact-checking.On Oct. 30, 2020, a convoy of pickup trucks flying flags in support of U.S. President Donald Trump followed and surrounded a Biden-Harris presidential campaign bus on Interstate 35 in Texas. showed an apparent collision involving a white SUV that was accompanying the bus and a dark-colored pickup truck flying Trump flags. Days after the incident, Snopes on the facts of what happened on the road that day, as well as that the FBI was investigating. New...

Nov 2
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Facebook Shutters Pro-Trump Group Posing as 'Official Kayleigh McEnany Fan Page'

Facebook Shutters Pro-Trump Group Posing as 'Official Kayleigh McEnany Fan Page'

Snopes may be known for debunking urban legends, hoaxes, and folklore, but our journalistic efforts go far beyond that. Investigations into inauthentic behavior seek to expose bad actors and their methods. These stories also document patterns of the shortcomings of social media platforms, in particular when it comes to U.S. politics.Facebook appears to have taken action on a popular Facebook Group themed for White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany. Official Kayleigh McEnany Fan Page disappeared in October 2020. There is no indication that McEnany or the White House had any involvement...

Oct 29
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Exclusive: Russian Echoes Abound in Still-Active 'Pennsylvania for Trump' Facebook Group From 2016

Exclusive: Russian Echoes Abound in Still-Active 'Pennsylvania for Trump' Facebook Group From 2016

Snopes may be known for debunking urban legends, hoaxes, and folklore, but our journalistic efforts go far beyond that. Investigations into coordinated inauthentic behavior seek to expose bad actors and their methods. These stories also document patterns of the shortcomings of social media platforms, in particular when it comes to U.S. politics.A Snopes investigation has uncovered a Facebook account, likely Russian, that managed a Pennsylvania for Trump Facebook group from April 2016 through October 2020. The discovery was made with only weeks remaining before the Nov. 3, 2020, general...

Oct 26
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Exclusive: Foreign, Pro-Trump Facebook Group Recruited Kentucky Moderator

Exclusive: Foreign, Pro-Trump Facebook Group Recruited Kentucky Moderator

Snopes may be known for debunking urban legends, hoaxes, and folklore, but our journalistic efforts go far beyond that. Investigations into coordinated inauthentic behavior seek to expose bad actors and their methods. These stories also document patterns of the shortcomings of social media platforms, in particular when it comes to U.S. politics.As part of our continuing coverage of election misinformation and disinformation efforts, we’ve been examining coordinated inauthentic behavior (CIB) on Facebook. Our latest investigation into the private Facebook group has found mounting evidence of...

Oct 9
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Exclusive: Facebook Groups Removed for Trump Train, Candace Owens, and Ivanka Trump

Exclusive: Facebook Groups Removed for Trump Train, Candace Owens, and Ivanka Trump

With only a little over a month to go until the U.S. presidential election, Facebook appeared to have quietly removed three political fan groups that supported President Donald Trump’s reelection efforts.The three private groups were Trump Train 2020, Red Wave, Candace Owens, and Ivanka Trump (Official). They had a combined total of over 1.6 million members and promoted pro-Trump political content. They appeared to have been removed sometime during or around the weekend of Sept. 18-20, possibly after having tripped automated signals that Facebook employs to detect behavior that is against...

Sep 25
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This Kayleigh McEnany Facebook Group Was Run from Macedonia

This Kayleigh McEnany Facebook Group Was Run from Macedonia

“How great is our press secretary?” asked a posted on July 31, 2020, with more than 2,000 comments and shares.“Re-elect President Trump, take the House, strengthen our Senate … November is coming. If you are ready to drain the swamp say ‘YES I AM,'” another read, also posted on July 31.A third posted on July 30 asked: “Do you stand with Kayleigh McEnany?”These memes could be in Kayleigh McEnany OFFICIAL, a Facebook group that appeared to be a gathering place for American fans of the White House press secretary. According to , at one point, its membership numbered well over 450,000.But...

September 17, 2020
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