Facebook Announces 3,000 Fake Ads From 470 Inauthentic Accounts Linked To Pro-Russian Propaganda Agency

 In Fake News, Russia   Last Updated: November 4, 2017

On Wednesday September 6, 2017 Facebook announced it had “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.”  Additional accounts and ads were identified that were possibly linked as well but unconfirmed.

Evidence indicates “that some of the accounts are linked to a troll farm in St. Petersburg, referred to as the Internet Research Agency, though we have no way to independently confirm.”

On September 21, 2017 Facebook announced it would turn over copies of the over 3,000 ads in question to congress.

At a Senate hearing on Wednesday November 1, 2017, “Facebook [stated] a Kremlin-linked influence campaign reached 146 million Americans” through a variety of pages, posts, and ads on both Facebook and Instagram.

 

 

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Carol D. Leonnig, Tom Hamburger and Rosalind S. Helderman. "Russian firm tied to pro-Kremlin propaganda advertised on Facebook during election." Washington Post, 06 September 2017. Web. 16 September 2017.
Craig Timberg, Carol D. Leonnig and Elizabeth Dwoskin. "Facebook to turn over thousands of Russian ads to Congress, reversing decision." Washington Post, 21 September 2017. Web. 26 September 2017.
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