Published: Fri, September 08, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Facebook reveals Russian links to adverts during presidential campaign

Facebook reveals Russian links to adverts during presidential campaign

There were only few adverts which were working on either for Donald Trump or for Hillary Clinton.

Stamos said that the vast majority of the ads did not mention the presidential election or a specific candidate. Though the ads had US IP addresses, the language was Russian. The ads were purchased by a collective of some 470 accounts and pages that used falsified identification information. The paper outlined some of the techniques used to propagate certain views to sway the public's opinion or even sow the seeds of confusion.

"Our analysis suggests these accounts and pages were affiliated with one another and likely operated out of Russia", Stamos said in a blog post. Approximately one-in-four ads identified by Facebook were geographically targeted. "And the first reaction from Facebook was: "Well you're insane, there's nothing going on" - well, we find yesterday there actually was something going on".

"He also said his committee is no closer to answering the "$64 million dollar question": "if the Russians behind the ads received any guidance from Americans involved in the election.

According to Facebook, about $50,000 of the funds - about 2,200 ads- were potentially related to impacting US politics.

Huge tech platforms like Facebook and Google increasingly control the flow and dissemination of news and information around the world, and revelations like this give cause for more skepticism about the source and quality of news on social media.

Mueller was named to the post after Trump fired former FBI director James Comey, who had been leading the investigation.

Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) said yesterday that it uncovered a massive plot by foreign agents to wreak havoc by spreading misinformation leading up to last year's hotly-contested US presidential election. One of the ways the U.S. inteligence community found that Russian Federation had interfered was specifically through trolling social media with fake news meant to influence American voters.

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In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer Wednesday afternoon, Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democrat who is the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said the committee would be looking into the nature of the advertisements, and whether "they were at a level of sophistication where [the ad buyers] would have needed help or assistance from the campaign".

Facebook has since shared their findings with USA authorities and is working with them on the investigation.

The report about what Facebook has found out has been submitted to the federal authorities. He also questioned whether other social networks ran Russian ads.

The latest bit of evidence comes from Facebook, which has gone on something of a Damascan-style journey in its relationship to the United States election. We now know what Russian Federation did and why; we need to know what kind of help Russian Federation may have had while they did it.

Alex Stamos, Facebook's chief security officer, has vowed to shut down these kinds of operations.

"I think there's a lot more to be discovered, and a lot more transparency that's needed from Facebook, Twitter and other firms", he said.

"We have never heard about this and know nothing about this".

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