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Russia-Backed Facebook Page Colored With Hot-Button Phrases

"Being Patriotic" was among 470 pages and accounts that Facebook shut down in recent weeks in response to a congressional probe into Russian meddling in last year's election

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    Russia-Backed Facebook Page Colored With Hot-Button Phrases
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    What does Russia-sponsored political influence look like on Facebook?

    An Associated Press analysis of the content on a now-shuttered Facebook page called "Being Patriotic" shows it's colored with words like "illegal," ''country" and "American" and phrases like "illegal alien," ''Sharia law" and "Welfare state."

    "Being Patriotic" was among 470 pages and accounts that Facebook shut down in recent weeks in response to a congressional probe into Russian meddling in last year's election.

    While Facebook says it deleted the posts this week, the AP was able to perform a content analysis based on the 500 most popular posts on the page, which was one of six Russia-influenced Facebook pages examined by Jonathan Albright, research director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University.

    Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

    Albright downloaded posts and metrics including the pages' followers and interactions using Facebook's analytics tool, CrowdTangle. The company has since disabled that functionality for deleted posts.