In the United States, 10 million people watched Russian advertising

Marsha Scott
October 5, 2017

The company will also start to "require more thorough documentation" from advertisers who want to buy political ads on Facebook.

Trump's attack did mean that Zuckerberg has now been forced to admit that Russian ads, anti-Clinton memes and trolls who impersonated muslims to stir up hatred and bigotry might have tilted the election.

For 50% of the ads, less than $3 was spent; for 99% of the ads, less than $1,000 was spent. That's an audience roughly equivalent to the population of MI.

The 2016 U.S. election was the first where evidence has been widely reported that foreign actors sought to exploit the internet to influence voter behavior.

Facebook has revealed that around 10m people in the USA saw the Russia-linked ads, that were aimed at impacting the 2016 presidential election, from June 2015 to May 2017.

The company published the numbers in a blog post as it turned over 3,000 Russian-bought ads to federal investigators on Monday.

"We're still looking for abuse and bad actors on our platform - our internal investigation continues", he said. Those records were given to the Senate and House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees.

It also announced the shutdown of accounts associated with Russia-linked ad campaigns that ran on Facebook during last year's election.

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Twitter also told Congress it sold more than $274,000 worth of ads to RT, a Russian state run news organization.

"The 2016 United States election was the first where evidence has been widely reported that foreign actors sought to exploit the internet to influence voter behaviour", said Schrage. "At this point, we still don't know".

Facebook handed over to Congress roughly 3,000 ads with links to Russian Federation on Monday.

Every time a Facebook user comments on, shares or likes an ad, it can vastly multiply the number of people who see it, said Dennis Yu, founder of BlitzMetrics, an advertising agency that exclusively deals with Facebook. Facebook is different, because Facebook now does not disclose who is buying ads on the platform.

"The committee doesn't release documents", Burr said Monday. It's the most information made public about the ads to date.

"We are sharing these ads with Congress because we want to do our part to help investigators gain a deeper understanding of Russian interference in the USA political system and explain those activities to the public", Joel Kaplan, vice president of Facebook's global policy, said.

The information surfaced approximately a month after 500 inauthentic accounts were identified by facebook.

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