State Dept spent $600k to attract Facebook fans

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 11:53pm

The State Department is paying the price for its Facebook "likes" -- in more ways than one.

The Department is catching heat after an inspector general's report released in may found it spent $630,000 dollars on campaigns to increase the department's Facebook fans.

The report says the online advertising campaign did work -- with the Department's english pages alone increasing from 100-thousand fans to two million in two years.

Some employees accused the department of "buying fans."

The State Department has since slashed funding for the campaigns.

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