DEMOCRATIC OPERATIVES USED MISLEADING FACEBOOK PAGES TO SUPPRESS GOP TURNOUT IN MIDTERMS

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Facebook is investigating whether News for Democracy violated its rules against misleading political advertising, according to the Post.

DEMOCRATIC OPERATIVES USED MISLEADING FACEBOOK PAGES TO SUPPRESS GOP TURNOUT IN MIDTERMS
9:37 PM 01/08/2019 | INVESTIGATIVE GROUP
Peter Hasson | Reporter
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  • Democratic operatives, led by a former Obama official, bought ads on misleading Facebook pages to suppress GOP turnout in the midterm elections.
  • The pages appear to be designed to give the impression that they were operated by disgruntled conservatives rather than Democratic operatives.
  • The operatives were funded by left-wing billionaire Reid Hoffman, who previously funded a “false flag” effort in the 2017 Alabama special election.
Democratic operatives funded by left-wing tech billionaire Reid Hoffman ran a widespread campaign using misleading Facebook pages in the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections, The Daily Caller News Foundation has found.
American Engagement Technologies (AET), which was founded by former Obama administration official Mikey Dickerson, bought ads for two Facebook pages, “The Daily Real” and “Today’s Nation,” encouraging Republican voters to stay home in the midterm elections, Facebook’s ad archives show.
Both pages appear to be designed to give the impression that they were operated by frustrated conservatives rather than by Democratic operatives.
The American flag-adorned pages encouraged conservative voters to either stay home in November or vote for Democrats to punish Republicans for being insufficiently conservative. Other ads called polls predicting a “blue wave” in the 2018 elections “unreliable” and downplayed the election’s importance.
The misleading ads collectively garnered millions of impressions on Facebook, TheDCNF’s review of Facebook’s archives found.
Hoffman, a co-founder of LinkedIn and an early investor in Facebook, previously acknowledged funding AET after both he and the group came under fire for running a self-described “false flag” campaign during the 2017 Alabama special election. That misinformation campaign was intended to falsely link Republican senatorial candidate Roy Moore to Russian influence operations. (RELATED: Democrats Ran Russian Bot ‘False Flag’ Operation In Alabama — And Media Fell For It)

Mikey Dickerson, the administrator of the U.S. Digital Service under former President Barack Obama Screenshot/WH.Gov

Reid Hoffman, a co-founder of Linkedin and an early investor in Facebook, funded a group pushing misinformation during the 2018 midterm elections. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for WIRED25 )
AET’s operations in the 2018 midterm elections show that the Hoffman-funded group went further than previously known in attempting to mislead American voters for the purpose of swinging an election.
One series of ads pushed the narrative that the Democratic “blue wave” was actually a “myth” and said the polls showing a Democratic advantage were “unreliable.”

Screenshot/Facebook
Another series set of ads pushed a narrative that congressional Republicans were betraying “real conservatives.”
“Some Trump supporters see midterm losses for congressional republicans [sic] as a wake-up call to get serious on the wall,” the Democratic operatives wrote in another post.
Another post included a link to an article about frustrated populist Republicans and stressed the need to “send a message” because “Trump is failing us.”

Screenshot/Facebook

Screenshot/Facebook

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A similar ad, referring to the midterm elections, told voters that “none of this even matters” and chided “both sides” for “shouting so much.” Another ad told voters that “both sides are a mess.”


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One series of ads told voters that there were “No good choices” in the midterm elections. Voting for Democrats to send a message “feels like the best option,” the Democratic operatives wrote.
Other ads linked to an article that urged “Semi-Trumpers” to either cross party lines, vote third-party or stay home in November, rather than vote Republican. “Even more true in light of the recent violence,” read the caption. “If you aren’t helping, don’t show up.”
A similar set of ads linked to an article that called for Republican voters to boycott the GOP. The post was captioned: “I hope folks go for this. Seems like the only thing that can save true conservatives.”

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Screenshot/Facebook

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Neither Dickerson nor Hoffman returned requests for comment.
Another Hoffman-funded group, News for Democracy, similarly used a patriotic-themed page called “Our Flag Our Country” to push anti-Trump messaging in the midterms, as The Washington Post reported on Monday.
Facebook is investigating whether News for Democracy violated its rules against misleading political advertising, according to the Post.
9:37 PM 01/08/2019 | INVESTIGATIVE GROUP
Peter Hasson | Reporter
2599
  • Democratic operatives, led by a former Obama official, bought ads on misleading Facebook pages to suppress GOP turnout in the midterm elections.
  • The pages appear to be designed to give the impression that they were operated by disgruntled conservatives rather than Democratic operatives.
  • The operatives were funded by left-wing billionaire Reid Hoffman, who previously funded a “false flag” effort in the 2017 Alabama special election.
Democratic operatives funded by left-wing tech billionaire Reid Hoffman ran a widespread campaign using misleading Facebook pages in the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections, The Daily Caller News Foundation has found.
American Engagement Technologies (AET), which was founded by former Obama administration official Mikey Dickerson, bought ads for two Facebook pages, “The Daily Real” and “Today’s Nation,” encouraging Republican voters to stay home in the midterm elections, Facebook’s ad archives show.
Both pages appear to be designed to give the impression that they were operated by frustrated conservatives rather than by Democratic operatives.
The American flag-adorned pages encouraged conservative voters to either stay home in November or vote for Democrats to punish Republicans for being insufficiently conservative. Other ads called polls predicting a “blue wave” in the 2018 elections “unreliable” and downplayed the election’s importance.
The misleading ads collectively garnered millions of impressions on Facebook, TheDCNF’s review of Facebook’s archives found.
Hoffman, a co-founder of LinkedIn and an early investor in Facebook, previously acknowledged funding AET after both he and the group came under fire for running a self-described “false flag” campaign during the 2017 Alabama special election. That misinformation campaign was intended to falsely link Republican senatorial candidate Roy Moore to Russian influence operations. (
Reid Hoffman, a co-founder of Linkedin and an early investor in Facebook, funded a group pushing misinformation during the 2018 midterm elections. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for WIRED25 )
AET’s operations in the 2018 midterm elections show that the Hoffman-funded group went further than previously known in attempting to mislead American voters for the purpose of swinging an election.
One series of ads pushed the narrative that the Democratic “blue wave” was actually a “myth” and said the polls showing a Democratic advantage were “unreliable.”

Screenshot/Facebook
Another series set of ads pushed a narrative that congressional Republicans were betraying “real conservatives.”
“Some Trump supporters see midterm losses for congressional republicans [sic] as a wake-up call to get serious on the wall,” the Democratic operatives wrote in another post.
Another post included a link to an article about frustrated populist Republicans and stressed the need to “send a message” because “Trump is failing us.”

Screenshot/Facebook

Screenshot/Facebook

screenshot/facebook
A similar ad, referring to the midterm elections, told voters that “none of this even matters” and chided “both sides” for “shouting so much.” Another ad told voters that “both sides are a mess.”



One series of ads told voters that there were “No good choices” in the midterm elections. Voting for Democrats to send a message “feels like the best option,” the Democratic operatives wrote.
Other ads linked to an article that urged “Semi-Trumpers” to either cross party lines, vote third-party or stay home in November, rather than vote Republican. “Even more true in light of the recent violence,” read the caption. “If you aren’t helping, don’t show up.”
A similar set of ads linked to an article that called for Republican voters to boycott the GOP. The post was captioned: “I hope folks go for this. Seems like the only thing that can save true conservatives.”

screenshot/facebook
Screenshot/Facebook

Screenshot/Facebook

Neither Dickerson nor Hoffman returned requests for comment.
Another Hoffman-funded group, News for Democracy, similarly used a patriotic-themed page called “Our Flag Our Country” to push anti-Trump messaging in the midterms, as The Washington Post reported on Monday.
Facebook is investigating whether News for Democracy violated its rules against misleading political advertising, according to the Post.
 

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I have zero sympathy for any Republicans who fell for this. I mean, it's social media for crying out loud, if you're too lazy to check what some random page that you don't know posts to your timeline, then you're part of the problem with politics in general, not just in the GOP.
 

oks10

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I have zero sympathy for any Republicans who fell for this. I mean, it's social media for crying out loud, if you're too lazy to check what some random page that you don't know posts to your timeline, then you're part of the problem with politics in general, not just in the GOP.
The numerous "Deadline is today! Facebook is going to make all of your posts and images public unless you copy and paste this as your status..." posts on my FB feed tell me that they were probably more successful than you'd like to think...