Million People Saw Russia Linked Ads: Facebook Inc (FB)

  • Million People Saw Russia Linked Ads: Facebook Inc (FB)

Million People Saw Russia Linked Ads: Facebook Inc (FB)

Some of the Russian ads appeared highly sophisticated in their targeting of key demographic groups in areas of the states that turned out to be pivotal, two of the sources said.

On November 8, 2016, Wisconsin and MI toppled into Republican camp for less than 1% of votes.

Trump beat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in MI by just 10,704 votes.

Facebook on Monday handed over to congressional investigators 3,000 advertisements that appeared to have been bought by Russian sources before, during and after last year's USA presidential election.

Facebook is cooperating with the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating Russia's alleged social media interference during the elections. Congress asked Twitter, Facebook, and Alphabet to reveal any information connected with Russian influence in the United States election.

Facebook is switching its plan with Congress indicating that it aspires to be more collaborative with lawmakers examining whether groups with Russian link utilized the social media giant's advertisement manifesto to leverage the 2016 presidential election.

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg responded with a defence of the company's platform as a place for political discourse.

Facebook has announced that it will be recruiting an additional 1,000 members of staff to help with the ad review process in a bid to prevent future attempts to interfere with elections.

Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democratic on the House Intelligence Committee, said Monday that he hoped to release "a representative sampling of these ads" next month, following the public hearing with Facebook and other tech companies. However, the social network recently revealed that it might have given the current POTUS up to 10 million votes by showing fake Russian ads. Earlier this month, the company claimed it found no evidence that it sold election-related ads to Russian entities.

Those pushing the ads can decide the market they want to target the ads at and then pay Facebook based on how many ads were interacted with.

On Monday, Facebook Inc (FB) said that around 44% of the Russian Federation linked ads were displayed before the 2016 elections. None of the companies has said if it will attend the hearing.

That tailors ads to be seen by people who'd visited a particular advertiser's site.

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