The “I Love America” Facebook page had 1.1 million followers and recycled memes from Russia’s notorious Internet Research Agency.
Another thing in here that was interesting was the conversion of IRA memes (among others) to video form. The videos pan or zoom on the meme, then the frame changes to ask audiences to like/share. A number of the videos had substantial engagement. pic.twitter.com/8xiNyXbyqP
— Renee DiResta (@noUpside) September 23, 2019
3. "I Love America" is part of a complex network of Ukrainian-run Facebook pages that seek to amass large audiences and then funnel them to rabidly pro-Trump pages.
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) September 23, 2019
You’d think Facebook would have fingerprinted the RU IRA memes to automate their detection when recycled on new pages with huge audiences in the US but operated out of Ukraine. But no. @JuddLegum’s latest discovery is “troubling” leading up to 2020. https://t.co/A9HBQRvseA
— David Carroll 🦅 (@profcarroll) September 23, 2019