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Alabama AG to review if Senate race tactics violated law

Alabama's attorney general says his office is reviewing whether deceptive social media tactics used in last year's U.S. Senate race might have violated the law.

Posted: Dec 28, 2018 1:10 PM
Updated: Dec 28, 2018 1:11 PM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's attorney general says his office is reviewing whether deceptive social media tactics used in last year's U.S. Senate race might have violated the law.

Attorney General Steve Marshall told The Washington Post Thursday that reports about the effort are concerning. He says he wants to explore the matter, but stopped short of saying that his office was opening a formal investigation.

The Washington Post and New York Times reported that a social media researcher acknowledged testing misleading online tactics during Sen. Doug Jones' 2017 campaign against Republican Roy Moore.

The newspapers said operators posed as conservative voters on Facebook and that Twitter accounts were used to make it appear that Russian bots were following Moore.

Internet billionaire Reid Hoffman apologized for donations that he said unknowingly helped fund the effort.

Jones and Hoffman have both called for an investigation.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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