A Collection of Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior

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Snopes investigates the coordinated efforts of trolls, scams, and campaigns that aren't quite what they seem.

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Snopes built its name checking misinformation on the internet, but as the years have gone by, we have also witnessed the rise of massive efforts to spread it. A phenomenon called “coordinated inauthentic behavior” — defined by the leading social media platforms as the use of multiple accounts or pages that hide the real identities of the people running them to mislead and/or influence people for political or financial gain — has become rampant on social media.

The Snopes Dive Team has uncovered several shady scams, trolls, and fake-account rings. Here are all of the investigations to date.

Kosovar Facebook Pages Use Coronavirus Fears, ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Memes To Trick American Followers Networks from the Balkans nation are deploying divisive content and patriotic nostalgia, echoing past foreign...
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Savage Memes and Lunar Dreams: Deceptive Dating Sites’ Intimate Ties to Firefly Aerospace How Cheech and Chong's Facebook timeline unwittingly exposed a network of niche dating websites tied...
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EXCLUSIVE: Expanding Pro-Trump Outlet ‘The BL’ Is Closely Linked to The Epoch Times Both The Epoch Times and The BL deny any connection whatsoever. Our report makes that...
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Disguising Hate: How Radical Evangelicals Spread Anti-Islamic Vitriol on Facebook A small group of radical evangelical Christians is repurposing Facebook pages and PACs to build...
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Hiding in Plain Sight: PAC-Connected Activists Set Up ‘Local News’ Outlets Star News Digital Media, Inc. may look like a media company that produces local news,...
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Misinfluencers, Inc.: How Fake News Is Reaching Millions Using Verified Facebook Accounts We tracked 29 fake domains that post to verified celebrity pages through an unknown mechanism....
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Media Firm “Providr” Allegedly Owes Money to Several Angry Facebook Publishers The company gained prominence by asserting they were compliant with Facebook’s rules at a time...
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‘Content Providers’ Easily Find Ways Around Facebook’s Rules In March 2018, Facebook changed their policies regarding branded content, leaving many publishers — but...
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How a Pro-Trump Network Is Building a Fake Empire on Facebook and Getting Away with It Hundreds of fake account admins and 1,929 Facebook advertising violations only begin to tell the...
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Popular ‘USA’ Facebook Page Run by Ukrainians Targeted Older Americans The Facebook page World USA became a testament to a steadfast Rockwellian conception of America....
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