Moscow Has Nothing to Do With Facebook Ads During 2016 US Elex

Delia Watkins
September 8, 2017

More of the ads ran in 2015 than 2016 and a quarter of them were geographically targeted, he added.

"The ads and accounts appeared to focus on amplifying divisive social and political messages across the ideological spectrum", Stamos said.

The panel is one of three groups investigating Russia's alleged interference in the US presidential election, including possible collusion between the country and members of Trump's election campaign.

The post was written by its chief security officer and said that it was cooperating with federal inquiries into influence operations during the presidential election. Second, $100,000 of ad spending in a country where 130 million people voted doesn't amount to a hill of beans in any real sense, no matter how targeted.

This follows work Facebook has done to curb the influence of such pages. In other words, users have been using it not to connect, but to divide.

Even if no laws were violated, the pages ran afoul of Facebook requirements for authenticity, setting up the suspensions. The company said it found another $50,000 spent on around 2,200 ads that might be politically motivated. Putin told NBC News in June that there's "no proof" of any involvement by Russian Federation at the "state level".

As recently as June, it told journalists that it had not found any evidence to date of Russian operatives buying election-related ads on its platform.

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"We have shared our findings with U.S. authorities investigating these issues, and we will continue to work with them as necessary", the Facebook post said. While some of the ads expressly mentioned Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, the majority simply promoted "divisive" views on things like gun and gay rights, discrimination, and immigration.

Facebook said the total sum of Russian-based ads geared at influencing the election was approximately $100,000, a small amount in the scope of ad sales in the United States presidential election. Almost half of all adults in the US say they get their news from Facebook. Facebook addressed some of these issues in an April paper. The provider is said to have produced data about the buyers as well as advertisements.

Sen. Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said, "I have a lot more questions for Facebook, and I've got a lot of questions for Twitter". According to an analysis conducted by Facebook, these accounts and Pages were affiliated with one another and were likely based on of Russian Federation.

"It drives me insane that we've had 21 states that were broken into and we've still had nearly a Kafka-esque response that we can't share with the top (state) election officials because they don't have appropriate clearances", Warner said.

Russia's role and any connections to President Trump's administration have been the subject of wide-ranging probes by special counsel Robert Mueller and multiple congressional committees.

"And you know, the first reaction from Facebook, of course, was, "well, you're insane, nothing's going on, '" Warner said at a national security conference in Washington, DC".

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