Here Are the Russia Facebook Ads That Tried to Dupe You

Kristi Paul
November 2, 2017

Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch told a hearing that Instagram posts by suspect Russian accounts were seen by some 20 million Americans past year.

Those posts came from 120 fake, Russia-backed Facebook pages, that through likes, shares, and follows reached 126 million people, or half of all eligible American voters.

The Senate Intelligence Committee questioned lawyers for Facebook, Twitter Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google as part of a broader investigation into possible Russian interference in last year's election.

Senate Intelligence Committee members instead interrogated the companies over their past and current efforts to curb Russian manipulation of their platforms, frequently expressing displeasure with the answers they received.

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

Democrats and Republicans both said the tech companies need to do more to police against foreign government abuse on their platforms. "And you have to be the ones who do something about it - or we will", Sen.

This ad, sponsored by a fake group called Army of Jesus, called Clinton a Satan whose "crimes and lies had proved just how evil she is".

"We're deeply concerned. This is an issue that we talk about constantly", Sean Edgett, Twitter's acting general counsel, said at the hearing.

An anti-Clinton, anti-establishment, pro-secession ad placed by "Heart of Texas" in October 2016, aimed at people who liked that Facebook group, generated 16,168 impressions and 2,342 clicks.

At the same time, the lawyers stressed that the problem of Russia's meddling went beyond their companies and would require help from Congress and from other industries. Content generated by the Kremlin-linked troll farm known as the Internet Research Agency reached almost 150 million people through Facebook and Instagram, he said. "We would appreciate seeing the top people who are actually making the decisions".

In the past six months, a growing body of evidence has revealed the extent to which the Kremlin used major social media platforms to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Republicans continued to downplay the role Russians had in the U.S. presidential election and said their main goal was the sow social discord and fan the flames of division in the US.

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