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MENLO PARK (AP) — What does Rus­sia-spon­sored po­lit­i­cal in­flu­ence look like on Face­book?

An As­so­ci­ated Press anal­y­sis of the con­tent on a now-shut­tered Face­book page called “Be­ing Pa­tri­otic” shows it’s col­ored with words like “il­le­gal,” ‘’coun­try” and “Amer­i­can” and phrases like “il­le­gal alien,” ‘’Sharia law” and “Wel­fare state.”

“Be­ing Pa­tri­otic” was among 470 pages and ac­counts that Face­book shut down in re­cent weeks in re­sponse to a con­gres­sional probe into Rus­sian med­dling in last year’s elec­tion.

While Face­book says it deleted the posts this week, the AP was able to per­form a con­tent anal­y­sis based on the 500 most pop­u­lar posts on the page, which was one of six Rus­sia-in­flu­enced Face­book pages ex­am­ined by Jonathan Al­bright, re­search di­rec­tor at the Tow Cen­ter for Dig­i­tal Jour­nal­ism at Columbia Univer­sity.

Al­bright down­loaded posts and met­rics in­clud­ing the pages’ fol­low­ers and in­ter­ac­tions us­ing Face­book’s an­a­lyt­ics tool, CrowdTan­gle. The com­pany has since dis­abled that func­tion­al­ity for deleted posts.

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