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Covert Russians 'liked' Facebook most to sow discord across US

The social network was singled out by the US Justice Dept more than any other platform

Facebook, with more than two billion members, has long struggled with what its sites show and the kind of illicit activity it may enable, from selling unlicensed guns to broadcasting live killings.

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IN 2014, Russians working for a shadowy firm called the Internet Research Agency started gathering US followers in online groups focused on issues such as religion and immigration.

Around mid-2015, the Russians began buying digital ads to spread their messages. A year...

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