Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Congress releases 3500 Russian-bought Facebook ads

Full Stock of Russia-Linked Facebook Ads Shows How Propaganda Sharpened Congress releases 3500 Russian-bought Facebook ads
Kim Reese | 11 May, 2018, 04:45

"Defendants, posing as US persons and creating false USA personas, operated social media pages and groups designed to attract US audiences".

Many of them didn't get much attention. Defendants also used the stolen identities of real US persons to post on ORGANIZATION-controlled social media accounts.

In February, special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russians of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, charging several people associated with the Internet Research Agency with running a huge but hidden social media trolling campaign aimed in part at helping Trump defeat Clinton.

That provocation was carried on a June 2016 Facebook ad that depicted a dark-skinned Jesus, head wrapped in a scarf, next to the traditional image of Christ. Under fire from Congress, the social media giant has pledged improvements to its ad policies and enforcement. Defendants also staged political rallies inside the United States, and while posing as US grassroots entities and USA persons, and without revealing their Russian identities and ORGANIZATION affiliation, solicited and compensated real USA persons to promote or disparage candidates. The intelligence community, however, has overwhelmingly concluded that they sought to meddle in the US political system.

It notified about 1.7 million users that they had fallen victim to Russian propaganda during the 2016 election.

The Kremlin has denied interfering in the election. Some spread rumors about her husband, former president Bill Clinton, or promote lies about her.

"A$3 spired to help President-elect Trump's election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him." . Together, the ads affirmed the fears of some lawmakers, including Republicans, that Russian agents have continued to try to influence USA politics even after the 2016 election.

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It's notable that it's the Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee specifically who released these ads.

California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the intelligence committee, said he was releasing the ads so it doesn't happen again. The Committee Minority also released a list of Twitter accounts associated with the Internet Research Agency and a representative sampling of Facebook ads paid for by the group.

In a sharp rebuke to their Republican colleagues, Democrats on the committee released a separate report and vowed to continue the probe of Russian meddling.

"[The Russian] social media campaign was created to further a broader Kremlin objective: sowing discord in the U.S.by inflaming passions on a range of divisive issues". And the idea was always to push division, as seen by tactics like flooding Facebook with ads from groups like "Black Matters" after Dylann Roof murdered nine black people at a church in Charleston, SC. Russian Federation exploited real vulnerabilities that exist across online platforms and we must identify, expose, and defend ourselves against similar covert influence operations in the future.

According to the committee, there were 3,393 advertisements purchased, which were seen by more than 11.4 million Americans. The committee had promised to publish the ads late previous year. Facebook worked with us to ensure this information became public, redacting an appropriate amount of personally identifiable information to protect legitimate users and children, and giving advance notice to users whose events were unwittingly promoted by the IRA.

The data made available today does not include the 80,000 pieces of organic content shared on Facebook by the IRA.

"We will continue to work with Facebook and other tech companies to expose additional content, advertisements, and information as our investigation progresses".

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