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From: Marci (marcinmin) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostSep-6 10:44 PM 
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Representatives of Facebook told congressional investigators Wednesday that the social network has discovered that it sold ads during the U.S. presidential campaign to a shadowy Russian company seeking to target voters, according to several people familiar with the company’s findings.

Facebook officials reported that they traced the ad sales, totaling $100,000, to a Russian “troll farm” with a history of pushing pro-Kremlin propaganda, these people said.

A small portion of the ads, which began in the summer of 2015, directly named Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, the people said, although they declined to say which candidate the ads favored.

Most of the ads, according to a blog post published late Wednesday by Facebook’s chief security officer, Alex Stamos, “appeared to focus on amplifying divisive social and political messages across the ideological spectrum — touching on topics from LGBT matters to race issues to immigration to gun rights.”

 
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From: Marci (marcinmin) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostSep-7 9:32 AM 
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more from Reliable Sources newsletter:

The WashPost's Wednesday scoop: "Russian firm tied to pro-Kremlin propaganda advertised on Facebook during election." FB says the ads promoted "divisive social and political messages."

FB said there was a relatively small amount spent -- about $100,000 -- by accounts "likely operated out of Russia" targeting American voters. But "it is possible that there are more shadowy ad buys that Facebook has yet to identify," as Dylan Byers wrote in his CNNMoney story... Read it here...

 -- Reuters says Facebook has "provided its findings to Robert Mueller..." When pushed, FB reps did not deny this...

 -- WSJ's Christopher Mims tweets: "Of course Russian operatives used Facebook to target potential voters. This is exactly what campaigns do..."

Trolls trying to "influence the election"

Rep. Adam Schiff on "The Situation Room" Wednesday evening: "This certainly confirms" that "the Russians were using paid social media trolls to try to influence the election, try to sow discord." He said the House Intelligence Committee would look into the ads and whether the buyers "would have needed help or assistance from the campaign." He means the Trump campaign...

Why won't Facebook show us the ads?

A lot of folks think this is the essential problem with FB's black box. "It is completely unacceptable that Facebook says it will not release the actual ads it showed to its users," Pierre Omidyar tweeted Wednesday...

 

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