Facebook confirms that Russians paid for adverts 2017/09/06

Facebook Inc said on Wednesday September 6 that it had found that an operation likely based in Russia had spent $100,000 on thousands of U.S. adverts promoting divisive social and political messages in a two-year-period through May

Facebook, said 3,000 ads and 470 “inauthentic” accounts and pages spread polarizing views on topics including immigration, race and gay rights.

Facebook quote from Alex Stamos - 3,000 ads and 470 inauthentic accounts and pages spread polarizing views on topics including immigration, race and gay rights. Facebook APT

Facebook announced the findings in a blog post by its chief security officer, Alex Stamos “In reviewing the ads buys, we have found approximately $100,000 in ad spending from June of 2015 to May of 2017 — associated with roughly 3,000 ads — that was connected to about 470 inauthentic accounts and Pages in violation of our policies. Our analysis suggests these accounts and Pages were affiliated with one another and likely operated out of Russia.”

The company said it found no link to any presidential campaign. Three-quarters of the ads were national in scope, and the rest did not appear to reflect targeting of political swing states as voting neared.

Facebook did not print the names of any of the suspended pages, but some of them included such words as “refugee” and “patriot”.

The findings support US intelligence agency conclusions that Russia was actively involved in shaping the election.

Beyond the issue ads, Facebook found approximately $50,000 in potentially politically related ad spending on roughly 2,200 ads

On the 22nd September Trump tweeted:

Donald Trump quote about Facebook adds and Russia - The Russia hoax continues, now it's ads on Facebook. Donald Trump caricature APT

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