Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter removed accounts associated with the pro-American influence movement. The campaign, which ran on eight social networks and instant messengers for nearly five years, was designed to promote U.S. views, values and goals while attacking the interests of countries such as Russia, China and Iran, the researchers found. These accounts, often disguised as news outlets or fictional characters, post content in at least seven languages. Experts say its strategy is similar to China’s, with the main goal “showing how great the United States is compared to other countries.” This is the first time an influence movement pushing U.S. interests abroad has been detected on a social media platform.
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