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By David Klepper | Associated Press

Facebook has removed 276 accounts that used fake profiles to pose as right-leaning Americans and comment on news articles, often in favor of President Donald Trump, the company announced Thursday.

The platform also permanently banned an Arizona-based digital communications firm that it said was behind the fake accounts.

The move was prompted by reporting last month in The Washington Post that a pro-Trump group known as Turning Point Action was paying teenagers to post coordinated, supportive messages, a violation of Facebook’s rules.

Facebook and Twitter have been regularly removing fake accounts — both domestic and foreign — that try to insert themselves in the U.S. political discourse and influence the election. But social media companies face broader threats around misinformation and voter suppression that at times come from President Donald Trump himself.

The latest network Facebook removed became active before the 2018 midterm elections

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  • An anonymous Facebook executive said conservatives’ success on the platform is due to having content that is “always more engaging,” according to a Politico report.
  • Politico reported that the executive, who identifies as a “center-left progressive” said the right’s focus on “nation, protection, the other, anger, fear” has always been an effective tactic, pointing to the 1930s.
  • The comments come as Facebook has been criticized by the right and left for having a political bias, with social media platforms drawing attention from both President Trump and Joe Biden.
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An anonymous Facebook executive told Politico that right-wing pages see more engagement because of their emotional pull, instead of the platform’s algorithm, according to a report published Friday.

The publication reported that the executive said that “right-wing populism is always more engaging,” because of

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An employee within the communications branch of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has frequently criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci while publishing under a pseudonym for a conservative political website, according to a new report by The Daily Beast.

Fauci, who has led the NIAID as its director since 1984, joined President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force earlier this year and has often appeared in the media to discuss the threats posed by the coronavirus and the strategies Americans can use to defend themselves against it. However, The Daily Beast reported on Monday that NIAID employee William Crews has secretly been publishing content at odds with and frequently critical of Fauci’s recommendations under the pen name “streiff” for RedState.

The RedState writer has in recent months described Fauci as a “mask Nazi” and said that Fauci “failed” the U.S. and Trump’s administration “at every turn.” Referencing one appearance

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