Back in October 2017, Facebook revealed just how much Russian interference had happened on the social media site in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election, and it was an eye-popping number.
The Internet Research Agency, a Russian group linked to the Kremlin, had made around 80,000 posts on the site meant to sow political discord in the United States. Thanks to all of the shares, those posts reached 126 million Facebook users.
In the wake of that announcement, Facebook put much greater restrictions on political advertising, but those rules have caused a whole new set of problems.
The Chicago Board of Elections Commissioners is one organization that’s been raising red flags about the new system, and its spokesperson Jim Allen says bad actors can still find ways to share divisive content on the platform today.
Morning Shift speaks with Mother Jones reporter AJ Vicens about his story about Chicago’s battle with Facebook over election security, which played out during the 2018 midterm election and the municipal election in the spring of 2019.
GUEST: AJ Vicens, reporter for Mother Jones
LEARN MORE: “Very Badly Managed”: Inside Chicago Elections Officials’ Battle With Facebook (Mother Jones 8/14/19)