The Daily Caller | 6/2/2019 | Staff
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AJ+, an arm of Al Jazeera, is a major video creator on Facebook, making viral videos emphasizing purported racism, sexism, labor exploitation and homophobia in America.

AJ+ is owned by Qatar, a nation with notable human rights issues.

Critics - Qatar - Meddling - US - Politics

Critics say Qatar is engaging in foreign meddling in U.S. politics similar to Russia and that it is using identity politics to trick young millennials into advancing its anti-American agenda.

YouTube puts a disclaimer on AJ+ videos, but Facebook refused to discuss why its anti-meddling efforts haven’t included the Qatar-owned outlet.

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AJ+ has become a major video creator on Facebook, with its viral videos in the style of Buzzfeed or NowThis targeting liberal millennials. But unknown to some, it’s actually a branch of Al Jazeera and is owned by the government of Qatar, a Middle Eastern nation long accused of meddling in the affairs of other countries.

The AJ+ videos often focus on progressive ideals and are framed in a way that emphasizes the divisions in U.S. policy and politics. And Facebook doesn’t disclose the Qatar connection on videos AJ+ posts and apparently hasn’t blocked its content, even as the social media platform cracks down on fake news and hidden foreign influence.

AJ+ - Audience - Façade - Progressivism - Qatar

“If AJ+ reaches a larger audience with its façade of progressivism, it doesn’t mean Qatar is more progressive. It just means its influence campaign is more effective,” a researcher with the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, Gilead Ini, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

YouTube labels AJ+ videos with a disclaimer that says “Al Jazeera is funded in whole or in part by the Qatari government” and includes a link to Wikipedia. It is the same label that appears on material from RT, previously known as Russia Today.

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One video, for example, highlights how Democrats in the U.S. are increasingly opposing Israel, one of...
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