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Russians bought $100k in ads during 2016 elections, reports say!

Russians bought $100k in ads during 2016 elections, reports say!

The social network discovered roughly $100,000 in ad buys between June 2015 and May 2017 "associated with roughly 3,000 ads" and connected to almost 500 affiliated fake accounts.

While only a small portion of the ad purchases, which were made between June 2015 and May 2017, addressed the USA presidential election, many concerned issues divisive during the election and afterward, such as gun rights and racial and LGBT issues, Facebook said.

Facebook has informed that a Russian company that created fake accounts and pages purchased advertisements worth $100,000 during the USA presidential election campaign.

Lately in June Facebook said to the journalists that it did not find any evidence of the election-related ads bought by the Russian operative in its field. Facebook found over 3,000 ads and hundreds of of likely fraudulent accounts that operate from Russian Federation, several of which were traced back to a specific troll farm in St. Petersburg.

"The accounts or pages that were found had violated Facebook policies and were shut down", according to Facebook chief security officer, Alex Stamos.

As said a source similar to the matter, Facebook also gave its detections to Muller, who is a special counsel in charge of the alleged Russian investigating interference in the previous year's presidential election.

"We have shared our findings with U.S. authorities investigating these issues, and we will continue to work with them as necessary", Stamos wrote.




The internal investigation into politically motivated ads began this spring after discussions with US officials, the Facebook official said. The findings are also likely to make investigators question whether the Russians were getting input on ad buys from people in the US.

The company said the advertisements promoted divisive political messaging on subjects like gay marriage, immigration, race and gun rights, instead of specifically targeting candidates.

Stamos said Facebook began its review to determine 'whether there's a connection between the Russian efforts (to influence the United States election) and ads purchased on Facebook. The company said it found another $50,000 spent on around 2,200 ads that might be politically motivated. There have been claims that there was indeed a collusion between Moscow and the heated up campaign of President Donald Trump.

Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said in an interview on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" on Wednesday that the information from Facebook backed up an existing finding that Russian Federation allegedly attempted to meddle in the 2016 election. We are also experimenting with changes to help us more efficiently detect and stop inauthentic accounts at the time they are being created.

We know we have to stay vigilant to keep ahead of people who try to misuse our platform.

US election law bars foreign nationals and foreign entities from spending money to expressly advocate the election or defeat of a candidate.

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