A Senate Intelligence Committee report detailed how the idea of Texas secession was popular among Russian accounts claiming to be American voters. Accounts created by the Internet Research Agency, essentially a Russian “troll farm,” created and used their popular Texas-secession-favoring accounts to attack immigration. One page had a whopping 4.8 million people following it. The Russian-run page even instigated protests outside a Texas mosque.
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A widespread Russian disinformation campaign to influence the 2016 elections was successful with social media accounts promoting the idea of secession in Texas, commissioned by the US Senate on Monday.
When it came to raising social divisions and exerting political influence, two accounts of the Lone Star State proved particularly effective: a Facebook page for the “Heart of Texas” and an Instagram account for @rebeltexas.
Both accounts were created and managed by the Internet Research Agency, a Russian company characterized by the US government as a “troll farm” and indicted by a grand jury of the federal government.