Report: Russians impersonated real American Muslims to stir chaos on social media

The investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election is still underway, and sources are now stating that Russians impersonated U.S. Muslims to stir chaos on social media in the run-up to the election.

According to the Daily Beast, The Facebook group United Muslims of America was a fake account that wasn’t run by American Muslims, but rather tracked back to the Russian government. 

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STERLING, VA - JUNE 1:Tasneem Moiz, 8-months, plays in the beard of her maternal grandfather, Khalid Iqbal, at the home of Iqbal's daughter, Sadaf Iqbal, on June 1, 2011, in Sterling, VA. Ibrahim Moiz, a Muslim American of Indian descent, and Sadaf Iqbal, a Pakistani-American, are raising three daughters ranging in age from 4-years-old to 8-months-old. Moiz also acts as a mentor to a couple of teenagers, trying to bridge the gap between the ways of the teen's foreign-born parents and U.S. customs.(Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
STERLING, VA - MAY 31: Ibrahim Moiz, 2nd from L, reads to his middle daughter, Maryam, 2, as his other daughters, Tasneem, 8mo, and Asiyah, 4, entertain themselves at Moiz's home on May 31, 2011, in Sterling, VA. Moiz, a Muslim American of Indian descent, and his wife Sadaf Iqbal, a Pakistani-American, are raising three daughters ranging in age from 4-years-old to 8-months-old. Moiz also acts as a mentor to a couple of teenagers, trying to bridge the gap between the ways of the teen's foreign-born parents and U.S. customs. (Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
STERLING, VA - MAY 31: Ibrahim Moiz, C, leads his two older daughters, Maryam, 2, L, and Asiyah, 4, to their bedroom near bedtime at their home on May 31, 2011, in Sterling, VA. Moiz, a Muslim American of Indian descent, and Iqbal, a Pakistani-American, are raising three daughters ranging in age from 4-years-old to 8-months-old. Moiz also acts as a mentor to a couple of teenagers, trying to bridge the gap between the ways of the teen's foreign-born parents and U.S. customs. (Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
STERLING, VA - JUNE 1: Sadaf Iqbal, R, receives her daughter, Maryam, 2, with open arms at the family's home on June 1, 2011, in Sterling, VA. Behind them is a wallhanging that bears a famous quote from the Qur'an called the 'Verse of the Throne' done by a Chinese Muslim master calligrapher named Haji Noor Deen. Iqbal, a Pakistani-American, and her husband, Ibraham Moiz, a Muslim American of Indian descent, are raising three daughters ranging in age from 4-years-old to 8-months-old. Moiz also acts as a mentor to a couple of teenagers, trying to bridge the gap between the ways of the teen's foreign-born parents and U.S. customs. (Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
STERLING, VA - MAY 31: Ibrahim Moiz, R, gives his daughter, Asiyah, 4, a high-five for using proper manners at the snack table as Moiz's wife, Sadaf Iqbal, L, works on the computer at their home on May 31, 2011, in Sterling, VA. Moiz, a Muslim American of Indian descent, and Iqbal, a Pakistani-American, are raising three daughters ranging in age from 4-years-old to 8-months-old. Moiz also acts as a mentor to a couple of teenagers, trying to bridge the gap between the ways of the teen's foreign-born parents and U.S. customs. (Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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The real UMA is a California-based nonprofit that promotes interfaith dialogue and political participation. 

The imposter Facebook group account posted memes that claimed Hillary Clinton admitted the U.S. “created, funded and armed” al-Qaeda and the so-called Islamic State.

It also promoted political rallies aimed at Muslim audiences. And it used the Twitter account “muslims_in_usa” and the Instagram account “muslim_voice” to post inflammatory memes under cover of the United Muslims of America.

All of the accounts have been suspended.

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Afghanistan: 99.7% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Albania: 56.7% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Algeria: 99% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Azerbaijan: 96.9% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Bahrain: 70.3% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Bangladesh: 89.1% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Brunei: 78.8% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Burkina Faso: 61.6% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Chad: 52.1% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Comoros: 98% Sunni Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Djibouti: 94% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Egypt: 90% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Guinea: 86.7% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Indonesia: 87.2% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Iran: 99.4% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Iraq: 99% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Jordan: 97.2% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Kazakhstan: 70.2% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Kosovo: 95.6% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Kuwait: 76.7% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Kyrgyzstan: 75% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Lebanon: 54% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Libya: 96.6% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Malaysia: 61.3% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Maldives: Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Mali: 94.8% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Mauritania: 100% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Morocco: 99% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Niger: 80% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Nigeria: 50% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Oman: 84.9% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Pakistan: 96.4% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Qatar: 67.7% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Saudi Arabia: Citizens are 85-90% Sunni and 10-15% Shia

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Senegal: 95.4% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Sierra Leone: 60% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Somalia: Sunni Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Sudan: Sunni Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Syria: 87% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Tajikistan: Sunni Muslim 85%, Shia Muslim 5%, other 10%

Source: CIA World Fact Book

The Gambia: 85.7% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Tunisia: 99.1% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Turkey: 99.8% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Turkmenistan: 89% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

United Arab Emirates: 76% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Uzbekistan: 88% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Western Sahara: Majority Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

Yemen: 99.1% Muslim

Source: CIA World Fact Book

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