Russian Trolls Spent $125000 On Facebook Ads Around The US Election

Russian Trolls Spent $125000 On Facebook Ads Around The US Election

"In reviewing the ads buys, we have found approximately $100,000 in ad spending from June of 2015 to May of 2017 - associated with roughly 3,000 ads - that was connected to about 470 inauthentic accounts and Pages in violation of our policies", he said. About a quarter of the ads were geographically targeted, touching on divisive topics such as race, immigration, gay rights and guns, the company said.

Facebook says a review has concluded hundreds of bogus profiles and group pages likely linked to Russian Federation bought $100,000 worth of politically themed and divisive ads aimed at US voters in 2016.

He said these are serious claims and that the company had been reviewing a range of activity on the platform to help understand what happened.

While, according to Stamos, these pages were considered to be "likely operated" out of Russian Federation, his report did not cite any concrete ties to Moscow.

"We have had to expand our security focus from traditional abusive behavior, such as account hacking, malware, spam and financial scams, to include more subtle and insidious forms of misuse, including attempts to manipulate civic discourse and deceive people", Facebook said.

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Regardless, this news is the latest evidence that Russian Federation tried to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, something that the United States intelligence committee has publicly believed since at least January of this year.

Separately, the Washington Post cited unnamed sources as saying that Facebook told congressional investigators about the ads, believed to be from a shadowy Russian company seeking to target USA voters.

In a white paper published in April, Facebook said that the use of false news was "statistically very small compared to overall engagement on political issues".

Facebook says it has shared the findings with US investigators.

Additionally, Facebook did a broad review of political ads bought during the election cycle by accounts with very faint connections to Russia, including, for example, accounts that were set up using an IP address in the USA but with the language set to Russian. Some 2,200 ads were potentially politically related, Stamos writes.

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In its statement Wednesday, Facebook said the majority of the ads did not directly reference the election.

USA election law bars foreign nationals and foreign entities from spending money to expressly advocate the election or defeat of a candidate.

It also briefed members of the Senate and House of Representatives intelligence committees on Wednesday about the suspected Russian advertising, Reuters reported, citing a congressional source familiar with the matter.

"I'm certain that the special counsel would be interested in this information, and I would presume that if Robert Mueller's team has not received this information from Facebook, they'll be asking for it soon", Fischer said.

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