Billed as a rally to “Stop Islamization of Texas,” the gathering and the Facebook page that promoted it were really an attempt by Russia to interfere with the 2016 election by sowing discord among voters. …The posts weren’t created in Texas — they were manufactured by a “troll factory” called the Internet Research Agency in St. Petersburg, Russia.
…[The page] had more than 249,000 followers when it was shut down last month.
…Some posts feature largely uncontroversial pro-Texas images that appear designed simply to maximize the number of likes and shares the page would receive.
…A large number of the posts on Heart of Texas went after Clinton directly, …[created with manipulated images] showing her shaking hands with 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden and referring to her as a “lying murderer and criminal.”
…“Heart of Texas” posts also heavily promoted secession from the United States, calling for rallies across Texas just days before the election.
…The “Blacktivist” Facebook page (and corresponding Twitter account) were also linked to the Russian government, which appears to have been an attempt during the 2016 election to heighten racial tension across the country.
The page, which had more than 360,000 followers before it was shut down by Facebook, regularly featured memes and images designed to stoke racial anger.
Baaa, baaa, baaa bleated the little sheep, all the way to the slaughterhouse.