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Russian Trolls Spent $100,000 On Facebook Election Ads


Facebook announced today that it sold $100,000 worth of ads to a sketchy network of fake Russian accounts between June 2015 to May 2017, a period spanning the 2016 election cycle. The ads often mentioned particular political issues, like LGBT rights or gun control, but rarely mentioned a specific political candidate or the US presidential election. “These are serious claims and we’ve been reviewing a range of activity on our platform to help understand what happened,” said Alex Stamos, the company’s chief security officer. Facebook says the ad buys came from 470 “inauthentic” accounts and pages that seemed affiliated with each other and appeared to be operating from Russia. The social network shut down the accounts and pages that remained active for violating its policies.

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