Here Are the Russia Facebook Ads That Tried to Dupe You

02 November, 2017, 00:35 | Author: Randy Kelley
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Facebook, in a series of disclosures over two months, has said that people in Russian Federation bought at least 3,000 US political ads and published another 80,000 Facebook posts that were seen by as many as 126 million Americans over two years.

Lawmakers came down hard Wednesday on executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google for failing to stop peddlers of Russian propaganda from buying ads, sowing social unrest and spreading fake news on their sites.

The companies were also scheduled to testify before the U.S. House Intelligence Committee later on Wednesday.

Feinstein raised that threat explicitly after complaining about the industry's inability to thwart Russia's effort to influence the 2016 election, saying, "You bear this responsibility".

The Senate hearing, meanwhile, was notable for being the most aggressive and confrontational of this week's hearings on the issue, and saw the lawyers for all three companies acknowledging that they needed to do more in order to combat bad actors on their platforms.

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Sen. Richard Burr, a Republican who chairs the committee, went so far as to suggest Congress could supply the companies with "anti-trust waivers" to allow them to collaborate in confronting foreign meddling.

An anti-Clinton, anti-establishment, pro-secession ad placed by "Heart of Texas" in October 2016, aimed at people who liked that Facebook group, generated 16,168 impressions and 2,342 clicks. "Russia was able to weaponize your platforms to divide us".

"One witness this committee had said that their strategy is to take a crack in our society and turn it into a chasm", King said, later adding: "We as a society have to realize when we are being conned".

This ad, sponsored by a fake group called Army of Jesus, called Clinton a Satan whose "crimes and lies had proved just how evil she is".

What was orchestrated in St. Petersburg, Russia for a cost of about $200 in Facebook ads resulted in a real-life clash covered by local news. Content generated by the Kremlin-linked troll farm known as the Internet Research Agency reached almost 150 million people through Facebook and Instagram, he said. One page, which included an eagle alongside American flags, was called "Being Patriotic". Experts have said that the Russians' goals included promoting discord in the USA and inciting violence.



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