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

Marco Paköeningrat

Facebook says it has found $100,000 being spent on ads from June 2015 to May 2017 that was connected to 470 "inauthentic" accounts and pages that the company believes were "likely operated out of Russian Federation".

While they ads didn't specifically reference the election, a candidate or voting, they nevertheless allowed "divisive messages" to be amplified via the social media platform, the company's chief security officer, Alex Stamos, said in a statement.

As the WP points out, this revelation follows a Time report from May claiming that USA intelligence officials had found proof of politically targeted, Kremlin-affiliated Facebook ad buys during the 2016 Presidential election.

He said these are serious claims and that the company had been reviewing a range of activity on the platform to help understand what happened.

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Facebook says a Russian "troll farm" appears to have spent $100,000 on 3,300 digital ads targeting American voters in the lead up to the 2016 presidential election, the Washington Post reports.

It goes on to accuse Russian Federation of being behind the "inauthentic accounts", stating that the analysis suggests the "accounts and Pages were affiliated with one another and likely operated out of Russian Federation". Both committees are conducting probes into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA election, including potential collusion between the campaign of President Donald Trump and Moscow. "This was a broad search, including, for instance, ads bought from accounts with US IP addresses but with the language set to Russian - even though they didn't necessarily violate any policy or law", Stamos said.

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Wednesday he has "a lot more questions for Facebook" following the briefing.

Rachel Maddow looks back at the months of denials from Facebook that Russian Federation was using their platform to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and notes that their admission to the contrary today is not only vindication for reporters but a new... Leonnig, Hamburger and Helderman wrote that "the report from Facebook that a Russian firm was able to target political messages is likely to fuel pointed questions from investigators about whether the Russians received guidance from people in the United States".

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"I'm certain that the special counsel would be interested in this information, and I would presume that if Robert Mueller's team has not received this information from Facebook, they'll be asking for it soon", Fischer said.

Facebook and other internet giants have been cracking down on "fake news" after being hit with criticism that rampant spread of bogus stories influenced the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.

In a declassified report published by the American Intelligence agencies, claims have already been made that while Russian efforts aimed at undercutting Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton, it mainly focused on efforts to "undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process" during the U.S. elections.

The discovery, revealed to investigators for the congressional intelligence committees, marked the first confirmation that Facebook was at least an oblique tool of Russia's election meddling campaign aimed at planting Donald Trump in the White House.

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