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Buzzfeed | 03.19.18

How Facebook Groups Are Being Exploited To Spread Misinformation, Plan Harassment, And Radicalize People

Joan Donovan

Media Manipulation/Platform Accountability Research Lead Joan Donovan talked to BuzzFeed about how the practice of keyword squatting helps phony Facebook groups attract new members.

“‘This is a feature that they have learned to leverage and you can imagine if they have learned to do it there are hundreds if not thousands of other groups changing the keyword weekly in order to get attention.'”

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