Published: Thu, November 02, 2017
Science | By Nancy Frank

Here are the Russian ads promoted on Facebook during the 2016 election

Here are the Russian ads promoted on Facebook during the 2016 election

Representatives from Facebook, Twitter and Google faced Senators Tuesday at the first of three Congressional hearings looking into how Russian Federation attempted to meddle in the 2016 Presidential Election through social media.

In addition to these crude and clumsy efforts, The New York Times has noted a hoax that anyone familiar with American politics would recognize as utterly implausible, language on the DCLeaks website that described Clinton as "President of the Democratic Party" and referred to her "electional staff", and a tweet promoting the website that said, "These guys show hidden truth about Hillary Clinton, George Soros and other leaders of the United States".

Some have anxious that Facebook's revenue growth would slow, primarily because the company keeps saying its revenue growth is going to slow, but that just isn't happening in any meaningful way.

"This is an incredibly complex story", said Burr, R-N.C.

It's round two for the world's biggest internet companies as they face off against congressional lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

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Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the leading Democrat on the committee, said he was frustrated with what he heard on Wednesday.

Numerous ads released Wednesday came from Facebook pages whose Russian ties were previously reported by CNN, including "Blacktivist", a page created to look like it was run by black American activists, and "Heart of Texas", a page supporting the secession of Texas.

Burr said more ads were targeted toward Maryland, a solidly Democratic state.

Then in November, the Facebook page published a non-paid post, depicting Hillary Clinton as a devil ready to fight with Jesus Christ.

As part of hearings into how Russian Federation used social media to influence American opinion, House lawmakers released a handful of Facebook ads linked to the online meddling campaign. Most of the geographically targeted ads ran in 2015, before the primaries were decided, he said.

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Warner said he found it "disappointing" when Stretch could not answer whether they had.

Colin Stretch, Facebook's general counsel, said at one point that Facebook had more than 10,000 people working on safety and security and would have more than 20,000 people working on those fronts by the end of 2018. Burr, a North Carolina Republican, said during Wednesday's hearing. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., that would bring political ad rules from TV, radio and print to the internet.

Russian-linked operatives bought hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of advertisements across Twitter, Facebook and Google, and impersonated Americans online to spread divisive content and fake news to real voters across the country.

Sean Edgett, Twitter's acting general counsel, said less than 5 percent of its accounts were automated.

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