In addition to creating fake Americans on Facebook as a way to generate anti-Clinton buzz online during the 2016 presidential campaign, it now appears that those accounts also organized and promoted real-world political protests using Facebook pages.
"Due to the town of Twin Falls, Idaho, becoming a center of refugee resettlement, which led to the huge upsurge of violence towards American citizens, it is crucial to draw society's attention to this problem", the event posting said.
Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenate approves resolution condemning white supremacist groups Week ahead: Lawmakers alarmed by Equifax breach Five major revelations from Congress's Russian Federation probes MORE (Va.) has repeatedly said he would like a hearing on the matter after Facebook revealed last week that a pro-Kremlin organization had bought $100,000 worth of political ads on its platform during the 2016 election.
"We must stop taking in Muslim refugees! All government officials, who are covering up for these criminals, should be fired!" read the description for the event, which has been removed.
Their Facebook invite is no longer publicly available except for a cached version that said at least 48 people were interested in attending.
Although numerous events had already been deleted from Facebook, some remnants still exist in search engine caches.
"We're seeing more evidence of additional ads and how they are used to manipulate individuals", Warner, the committee's vice chairman, told reporters.
"That somehow that was something they didn't think was relevant, which is again why I think this is the tip of the iceberg".
The Senate Intelligence Committee is one congressional group now investigating allegations of Russian interference in the November elections past year and possible ties between President Donald Trump's team and the Kremlin.
"Our analysis suggests these accounts and pages were affiliated with one another and likely operated out of Russia", Facebook said. But, the Russian rabbit hole goes even deeper than the $100,000 spent on deceptive ads. "Releasing those advertisements could allow the country to better understand the nature and extent of foreign interference with our democracy".
Facebook is in hot water with U.S. lawmakers.
The company said it has turned over information about the ads to the Justice Department and congressional committees which are investigating Russia's alleged interference in the election.