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NAACP encourages people to #LogOutFacebook after Senate report

Russia tried to suppress African-American turnout in 2016, the report says.
Kris Holt, @krisholt
December 17, 2018
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The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has returned a donation to Facebook and encouraged its partners and supporters to log out of the social network, Instagram and WhatsApp for one week in the wake of a Senate report on Russian election interference. The report's authors determined Russian actors had targeted African-Americans and tried to suppress voter turnout for the 2016 presidential election.

The organization's concerns extend beyond the report to Facebook's numerous data breaches and privacy problems over the last few years, and it's urging Congress to carry out further investigations into the company. "Recent revelations that Facebook hired an opposition research and its work with other deeply partisan strategy firms call into question the notion that Facebook operates with a non-partisan view," the NAACP added.

"Facebook's engagement with partisan firms, its targeting of political opponents, the spread of misinformation and the utilization of Facebook for propaganda promoting disingenuous portrayals of the African American community is reprehensible," NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson said in a statement.

Russians "clearly sought to benefit" Republicans, according to the report, and were using Facebook and Instagram -- along with Twitter, YouTube and other social networks -- to garner support for Donald Trump and "confuse, distract and ultimately discourage" his opponents.

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