A Russian-linked Fb web page referred to as “Blacktivist” peddled merchandise on-line as a part of its efforts to stoke racial tensions previous to the 2016 presidential election, it was reported Friday.
A complete of 87 gadgets — together with shirts with slogans resembling “Younger, gifted and black” and “Melanin and muscle mass” — have been bought via Fb’s retailer perform, CNN stated.
The slogans have been meant to make it appear as if the apparel got here from US Black Lives Matter activists. However it was truly being promoted by a social-media marketing campaign with ties to the Kremlin.
The accounts, now suspended, are amongst these turned over to Congress as a part of its probe into Russia’s meddling in final yr’s election.
The “Blacktivist” group additionally exerted its affect in different methods, together with selling at the least seven rallies and demonstrations across the US final yr by way of its Fb web page.
The founding father of New Information, which screens the unfold of on-line misinformation, informed CNN that the promotion of occasions and sale of merchandise bears all of the hallmarks of Russian propaganda.
“The Russian goal the complete time has been to pit People towards one another and to prey on divisions that exist already and to capitalize on the hyper-partisan setting that already exists within the US,” Jonathon Morgan stated.