ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Ferguson may have been one of the areas targeted by Russia on social media during the 2016 presidential campaign.

CNN is reporting at least one of the Facebook ads bought by Russians during the campaign referenced Black Lives Matter and was specifically targeted to reach Ferguson, Missouri, along with Baltimore.

READ MORE: Fake Facebook Ads Creating Campaign Controversy

Dylan Byers says the ads were meant to create politcal chaos.

“They were about sowing discord, they were about amplifying the divisions that already exist in American society, in American politics, in order to effectively undermine American democracy,” he says.

The report says the ads appeared as both supporting Black Lives Matter as well as portraying the group as threatening. They appeared on Facebook at some point in late 2015 or early 2016.

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  1. Both Paul Manafort and Donald Trump “saw racial tensions as something to be exploited in order to achieve the broader [] goal of dividing Americans and creating chaos in U.S. politics during a campaign in which race repeatedly became an issue.”

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