Facebook bans AMERICAN accounts for interfering in foreign politics – a DC lobby group helped topple govts in Bolivia & Venezuela | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Facebook bans AMERICAN accounts for interfering in foreign politics – a DC lobby group helped topple govts in Bolivia & Venezuela

When Facebook talks about busting foreign influence campaigns, Russia is usually painted as the villain. But the social media giant recently wiped out a host of pages interfering in Latin American politics – from Washington, DC.

CLS Strategies is one of many PR and lobbying groups that call the ‘swamp’ of Washington, DC their home. According to the company’s own website, it “helps clients win where it matters most – in the halls of government, the marketplace, and the court of public opinion.”

But behind the website’s corpo-speak, CLS Strategies lobbies lawmakers on behalf of foreign politicians and corporations, and runs bespoke disinformation operations.

The company was caught last week operating 55 Facebook accounts, 42 pages, and 36 Instagram accounts in Venezuela, Mexico, and Bolivia. Together, these pages had more than 500,000 followers, and sought to manipulate politics in these countries, at a cost of $3.6 million to CLS’s clients. Facebook announced on Friday that it had closed the pages and accounts.

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