For Russian ‘Trolls,’ Instagram’s Pictures Can Spread Wider Than Words

“Instagram is a major distributor and redistributor of I.R.A. propaganda that’s at the very least on par with Twitter,” according to a report published last month by Jonathan Albright, research director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University.

A Facebook spokesman said the company was committed to tackling the problem on Instagram.

“We take this issue very seriously and continue to fight efforts to stop foreign interference,” the spokesman, Tom Reynolds, said. “As part of our investigation, we found and removed around 170 I.R.A. accounts on Instagram that were responsible for approximately 120,000 posts.”

He added, “Our review of this activity is ongoing, and we continue to monitor for and remove fake accounts.”

Mr. Albright’s research…

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