Russian-funded Facebook ads backed Stein, Sanders and Trump 2017/09/26

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Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was the beneficiary of at least one of the Russian-bought political ads on Facebook.

“Choose peace and vote for Jill Stein,” the ad reads. “Trust me. It’s not a wasted vote. … The only way to take our country back is to stop voting for the corporations and banks that own us. #GrowaSpineVoteJillStein.”

Other advertisements paid for by Russian buyers criticised Hillary Clinton and promoted Donald Trump. Some backed Bernie Sanders in an attempt to divert Clinton supporters to trump.

The ads show a complicated effort to create divisions while sometimes praising Trump, Sanders and Stein. A number of the ads seemed to question Clinton’s authenticity.

Facebook have previously stated: “The vast majority of ads run by these accounts didn’t specifically reference the U.S. presidential election or voting for a particular candidate. Rather, the ads and accounts appeared to focus on amplifying divisive social and political messages across the ideological spectrum — touching on topics from LGBT matters to race issues to immigration to gun rights.”

On the 27th September Trump tweeted:

Donald Trump quote about Facebook - Facebook was always anti-Trump. The Networks were always anti-Trump hence,Fake News. Collusion. Donald Trump caricature APT

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