Report: Russia organized protests in US on Facebook

Russian agents have used Facebook to promote protests in the United States, including one anti-immigrant protest during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to The Daily Beast.

The anti-immigrant protest occurred in August 2016 in Idaho, the news outlet reported.

Facebook confirmed that it “shut down several promoted events as part of the takedown we described last week.” 

The protest in Idaho reportedly focused on a town’s Muslim refugees.


“Due to the town of Twin Falls, Idaho, becoming a center of refugee resettlement, which led to the huge upsurge of violence towards American citizens, it is crucial to draw society's attention to this problem,” the protest’s event notice read.

“We must stop taking in Muslim refugees! We demand open and thorough investigation of all the cases regarding Muslim refugees! All government officials, who are covering up for these criminals, should be fired!” 

The Daily Beast noted that while 48 Facebook users said they were “interested” in the event, four traveled to its location.

The report comes as special counsel Robert Mueller continues the probe into Russia’s election meddling and any potential ties between President Trump’s campaign staff and the Kremlin.