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07 September 2017, 09:42 | Christie Tate
Noah Berger AP
Although the total ad spending in this case only amounted to $100,000, the fact that Russian Federation was even able to inject ads into the election at all is worrisome to many.
Facebook did not print the names of any of the suspended pages, but some of them included such words as "refugee" and 'patriot'. Around a quarter of the approximately 3,000 advertisements in question, which ran from June of 2015 to May of 2017, were targeted geographically.
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"One of the things that we're interested obviously in finding out is whether there was any coordination in terms of the use of those paid social media trolls or the Russian use of bots", he said.
Cillizza: Is there any sense of whether this one $100,000 ad buy was an isolated incident or a small piece of a much-bigger spending/persuasion operation?
Facebook, the popular social media network used daily by more than 1.3 billion people worldwide, has come under intense public pressure to take steps to ensure that it does not become an easy vehicle for spreading falsehoods about political candidates.
Facebook representatives told congressional investigators today that ad space on Facebook was sold to a "shadowy" Russian company, according to the Washington Post.
Facebookalso said that about half of the money spent came from operations run out of the US, although it found that these accounts had the language set to Russian.
Ellen Weintraub, a member of the U.S. Federal Election Commission, said U.S. voters deserve to know where election ads are coming from and that the money behind them is legal.
Facebook is finding itself in the news quite a bit on Wednesday afternoon and none of it is overly positive for them. Facebook did not give any examples of the ads at issue.
"This is a very significant set of data points produced by Facebook".
The Washington Post, which first reported the news, described the ad operation as a "troll farm" and said it sought to target US voters.
It makes sense for someone hoping to influence an election to buy Facebook ads. FB called them "organized actors" that engaged in elaborate "information operations" to deceive US citizens and distort political sentiment prior to the election.
Regardless, this news is the latest evidence that Russian Federation tried to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, something that the United States intelligence committee has publicly believed since at least January of this year.
Facebook said it was trying. Artificial intelligence aids authenticityFacebook said its increasing use of automated technology is allowing it to more accurately detect fake accounts, misinformation campaigns and fake news on its platform.
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