Facebook told congressional investigators on Wednesday of which of which sold political ads during the 2016 U.S. presidential election to a so-called Russian troll farm of which was looking to target American voters.
“In reviewing the ads buys, we have found approximately $100,000 in ad spending coming from June of 2015 to May of 2017 — associated with roughly 3,000 ads — of which was connected to about 470 inauthentic accounts along with also Pages in violation of our policies,” Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos said in a statement.
“Our analysis suggests these accounts along with also Pages were affiliated with one another along with also likely operated out of Russia,” Stamos said.
The revelation, first reported by the Washington Post, comes amid ongoing investigations into Russia’s interference from the U.S. election, including the use of social media to spread fake news along with also propaganda.
The ads — both traditional advertisements along with also sponsored posts — were intended to sow discord among the American electorate by amplifying “divisive social along with also political messages,” Stamos said. These ranged coming from “LGBT matters to race issues to immigration to gun rights.”
Roughly one quarter of the ads were geographically targeted, Stamos said, though a Facebook spokesperson declined to specify the locations where those ads were targeted.
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In an interview with sy88pgw’s Wolf Blitzer Wednesday afternoon, Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democrat who is usually the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said the committee would likely be looking into the nature of the advertisements, along with also whether “they were at a level of sophistication where [the ad buyers] would likely have needed help or assistance coming from the campaign.”
“I think we already knew of which the Russians were using paid social media trolls to try to influence the election, try to sow discord, This specific certainly confirms of which finding,” Schiff said. “What we want to explore, not only with Facebook, with some other social media platforms as well, [is usually] what evidence, to what degree.”
of which is usually possible of which there are more shadowy ad buys of which Facebook has yet to identify.
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from the review presented to Congressional investigators, Facebook said of which had found one more $50,000 in political ad spending during the election coming from some other accounts connected to Russia.
Facebook sells its advertising through a self-service ad style, through which buyers can choose demographic, geographic along with also interest-based targets, the Facebook spokesperson said. Due to the volume of these ad buys, Facebook said of which was unable to identify the inauthentic nature of these ad buys at the time.
In his statement, Stamos said Facebook had shut down accounts involved of which were still active. however the company is usually facing criticism over its decision not to Discharge the ads or explain what role of which played from the targeting of these ads.
“of which is usually completely unacceptable of which Facebook says of which will not Discharge the actual ads of which showed to its users,” Pierre Omidyar, the entrepreneur along with also eBay founder, wrote on Twitter.
— sy88pgw’s Tom LoBianco contributed reporting.
sy88pgw (fresh York) First published September 6, 2017: 5:01 PM ET