Facebook’s ‘fake news’: Social media giant planted op-eds in newspapers and ran TV ads across the US via shadowy lobbying group it secretly funded to defend it from politicians calling for greater regulation

Facebook-backed American Edge has launched a campaign slamming antitrust legislation aimed to expand competition in the tech industry

The group has commissioned studies, placed op-eds in local papers and collaborating with various partners to bash the Senate-passed bill

In its sponsored ads and writings, American Edge plays on citizens’ fears of cybersecurity attacks from Russia and advanced technology in China 

The group has accused lawmakers on Capitol Hill of having a ‘misguided agenda’ and wanting to ‘take away the technology we use every day’

American Edge also alleged the antitrust bill poses a danger to small and minority-owned businesses

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