Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.
The mystery is deepening over how much Facebook knows about Russian use of the social media platform to inject content and messaging intended to influence voters during the 2016 presidential election.
Earlier this week, Jonathan Albright, the research director at Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University Journalism School, discovered that the online investigative pathway he followed to uncover how six of 470 pages Facebook said had been created by Russian agents, had been shut down. As the Washington Post noted, “They also had scrubbed from the Internet nearly everything—thousands of Facebook pages and the related data—that had made the [investigative reporting] work possible.”
“Facebook is cooperating fully with federal investigations and are providing info to the relevant authorities,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement, noting that Facebook had modified software to prevent users from accessing older posts.…