Russian propaganda ads reached 10m US Facebook users

  • Russian propaganda ads reached 10m US Facebook users

Russian propaganda ads reached 10m US Facebook users

Facebook has already provided information about Russia-linked ads to USA special counsel Robert Mueller, who is also investigating alleged election meddling, a source said last month.

"We are dedicated to being an open platform for all ideas - and that may sometimes mean allowing people to express views we - or others - find objectionable", Schrage said.

Zuckerberg outlined a series of steps that would help prevent the manipulation of the social network, including more transparency on political ads appearing on Facebook.

"After the election, I made a comment that I thought the idea misinformation on Facebook changed the outcome of the election was a insane idea", said Mr Zuckerberg last week.

The move comes almost one month after Facebook representatives informed lawmakers about the ads, and a week-and-a-half after CEO Mark Zuckerberg pledged to hand over them over amid mounting pressure from Democratic Senators.

The materials would be turned over to the intelligence committees of the Senate and House of Representatives, and to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Facebook said.

The group on Monday presented congressional investigators with data on 3,000 ads bought by the Russians before and after the United States election which saw Donald Trump elected to the country's highest office. Google, Twitter, and Facebook are anticipated to offer testimony during public House and Senate hearings this month and on November 1. The Russians capitalized this system by designing English-language sites and Facebook pages that approximately impersonated those designed by US political activists.

The total ad spend by the Russians was $100,000, the company has said and it was possible that Facebook would find more Russia-linked U.S. ads as it continues to investigate.

Timing: Facebook unveiled the information publicly shortly after it handed over the ads to Congress, likely getting ahead of any leaks.

None of the companies have said whether they will accept the invitations.

The social network estimated that 10 million people in the U.S. saw the ads, some 44 percent of those views happening before the November election and the rest afterward.

In an April white paper co-authored by Stamos Facebook revealed "information operations" were being carried out on the platform but did not name Russian Federation or attribute these campaigns.

Twitter said last week that it had suspended 22 accounts corresponding to the 450 Facebook accounts that were likely operated out of Russian Federation. Warner and his fellow Senators have criticized both Facebook and Twitter for the limited scope of their findings.