On Friday, it was discovered that United States taxpayer dollars were being used by the FBI to track down “fake news” stories on social media during election day.
They, apparently, were searching for “propaganda” being put out by “Russians.”
Dozens of agents and analysts were stationed at a command center watching social media feeds sharing stories thought to be part of a Russian disinformation campaign.
Many of the stories, shared on Facebook and Twitter, were used to spread viral news stories focused on making false claims about Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president.
Teams at the FBI, Homeland Security Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence held conference calls with the White House every three hours on Election Day to report updates.
U.S. intelligence agencies have confirmed Russian interfered in the 2016 election, and part of its efforts including spreading disinformation. Multiple committees in Congress and special counsel Robert Mueller are investigating Russia’s election intrusion, and the possibility the Trump campaign conspired with Russia.
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