House Democrats release 3400 'divisive' Russian political ads

House Democrats release 3400 'divisive' Russian political ads

House Democrats release 3400 'divisive' Russian political ads

The ads show how easy it was for trolls to ape activist causes to rile up Americans.

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, which is one of several congressional panels investigating Russian influence in the election, released a sampling of the ads a year ago but made a decision to disclose the entire collection "so that Americans can begin to understand how Russia used social media to influence the 2016 election, and to divide us".

"There's no question that Russian Federation sought to weaponize social media platforms to drive a wedge between Americans, and in an attempt to sway the 2016 election", said a statement on Thursday from Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.

You can now view the 3,500 ads that a notorious Russian internet "troll farm" created on Facebook to try and divide Americans.

The social media giant estimated that the Russian ads reached about 10 million users in the United States.

The ads that targeted the pages for fans of Hannity often displayed anti-immigrant messages.

The ads - which ran on Facebook and Instagram, its popular photo-sharing app - also hit on both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the candidates that ultimately squared off for the presidency. The company's strategy includes transparency on what other ads an organization is running, as well as where they've been spending money, identity verification, reviewing targeting criteria, taking action to take care of fake news, more investment in security and more.

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Shedding more light on foreign efforts to divide Americans before and after the 2016 presidential election, Democrats on the House intelligence committee just published more than 3,000 Facebook ads created to sow discord. See a sampling below.

Some of the most divisive ads capitalized on the political movement Black Lives Matter and hot button political issues including immigration, gun control, the religion of Islam, and LGBT-centric topics.

We also included information about whom each ad was meant to target.

The panel in November highlighted the IRA's extensive efforts online while releasing a smaller batch of Facebook and Twitter ads purchased by the company.

Nevertheless, the tech giant warned that bad actors will continue looking for way to spread misinformation over Facebook.

"This will never be a solved problem because we're up against determined, creative and well-funded adversaries", Facebook conceded.

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