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Facebook found election ad spending likely linked to Russian Federation

Facebook found election ad spending likely linked to Russian Federation

Most of the ads run by the accounts didn't directly reference the United States presidential election, voting, or particular candidates but instead appeared focused on "amplifying divisive social and political messages across the ideological spectrum", according to Stamos.

In a blog post, Alex Stamos, chief security officer at Facebook, said the company had been investigating potential Russian interference in the US election since news emerged about the possibility in recent months.

Facebook says an internal investigation has uncovered $100,000 in advertising spending by hundreds of fake accounts and pages, likely operated out of Russian Federation, which sought to sow political division during the USA presidential election.

Facebook's chief security officer said a few of the roughly 3,000 ads found in its initial review, purchased over a two-year period beginning in June 2015, referred directly to the presidential campaign and only about 25 per cent were geographically targeted.

Facebook says the ad buys came from 470 "inauthentic" accounts and pages that seemed affiliated with each other and appeared to be operating from Russian Federation.

Stamos says as a result of this investigation Facebook is now "exploring several new improvements to our systems for keeping inauthentic accounts and activity off our platform".

Multiple investigations - of the Congressional and Justice Department varieties - continue into Russia's interference with the US election, and Facebook has now confirmed one piece of the puzzle after months of apparent resistance by the social media platform.

AN employee of Facebook also said that there were unidentified connections between the Russian "troll factory" and the divisive ads in St. Petersburg, which publishes comments on the social media.

Facebook's hunt for Russian misbehavior doesn't stop at "inauthentic ads". Now, Facebook has revealed about the ad pouc=rchases that happened during the 2016 President Election.

Members of Congress and others are also looking down the road: Warner's counterpart on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, also addressed the question of how to combat possible Russian interference on Thursday. Some 2,200 ads were potentially politically related, Stamos writes.

The company recently announced it had uncovered a network of around 470 bogus accounts, which together purchased about $100,000 worth of political ads between 2015 and 2017.

In the review presented to Congressional investigators, Facebook said it had found an additional $50,000 in political ad spending during the election from other accounts connected to Russian Federation.

"It drives me insane that we've had 21 states that were broken into and we've still had nearly a Kafka-esque response that we can't share with the top (state) election officials because they don't have appropriate clearances", Warner said.

In case this isn't obvious, we're talking about a crime: a foreign government using foreign money to influence the outcome of an American election. President Trump is still being investigated for alleged campaign ties to Russian Federation, and whether or not anything emerges on that front or not, it seems increasingly apparent that there was overseas interference - even if it was unsolicited.


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