Published: Thu, September 07, 2017
World Media | By June Phelps

Facebook sold 2016 election-related ads to "shadowy Russian company"

Facebook sold 2016 election-related ads to

The "vast majority" of ads related to the fake Russian accounts didn't target a political candidate and instead focused on "amplifying divisive social and political messages across the ideological spectrum", according to Stamos.

The ad spending was from June of 2015 to May of 2017 and associated with roughly 3,000 ads.

Alex Stamos, Facebook's chief security officer, said in a statement that the company is committed to continuing to protect the integrity of its site and improve its ability to track fraudulent accounts.

A joint USA intelligence report issued earlier this year said the Kremlin used social media and fake news postings to influence the election in favor of President Trump.

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In a research published earlier this year, Facebook detailed its attempts to thwart organized "information operations" that are increasingly used to sway political leanings through the spread of fake news and propaganda on its platform.

According to the company's statement, the vast majority of the ads connected to Russian Federation did not directly reference the election, voting or specific candidates. Some of those ads were bought using computers with USA internet protocol addresses but set to the Russian language, though they were displayed to users in English.

She declined to comment on the Facebook ads, saying she could not comment on subjects that could come before the agency.

Facebook said it was co-operating with a USA investigation into the matter.

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Facebook said it was trying.

The social network said it also uncovered $50,000 more in ads clearly of a political nature that might have links to Russian Federation.

"We are looking at how we can apply the techniques we developed for detecting fake accounts to better detect inauthentic Pages and the ads they may run", Stamos said in the blog post.

"We know we have to stay vigilant to keep ahead of people who try to misuse our platform", Stamos said. That race remains under investigation for potential collusion between Trump's team and a Russian government that USA intelligence agencies stated earlier this year had a "clear preference" for the Republican.

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Those banned from such spending include foreign citizens, foreign governments, foreign political parties, foreign corporations, foreign associations and foreign partnerships, according to the FEC.

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