These are the ads that Russia promoted on Facebook to fuel division during the 2016 election

By Wednesday, November 1, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Congress just gave the world its best look yet at the ads purchased on Facebook by Russia-connected accounts during the contentious 2016 election season.

Sen. Richard Burr provided the first images from Wednesday’s hearing, the second in as many days to center on Russia’s use of social media to manipulate the 2016 election. They included a “Heart of Texas” post pushing for the state to secede from the U.S., as well as posts from a page called “United Muslims of America.”

The images below come from Burr’s office. Other senators are expected to release more throughout Wednesday’s hearing. ;

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Here are the Russian ads promoted on Facebook during the 2016 election

By Wednesday, November 1, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Congress just gave the world its best look yet at the ads purchased on Facebook by Russia-connected accounts during the contentious 2016 election season.

Sen. Richard Burr provided the first images from Wednesday’s hearing, the second in as many days to center on Russia’s use of social media to manipulate the 2016 election. They included a “Heart of Texas” post pushing for the state to secede from the U.S., as well as posts from a page called “United Muslims of America.”

The images below come from Burr’s office. Other senators are expected to release more throughout Wednesday’s hearing. ;

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‘Your power scares me’ senator tells Facebook during first hearing on 2016 election

By Tuesday, October 31, 2017 0 Permalink 0

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Senator reveals an anti-Hillary Facebook ad bought by Russia

By Tuesday, October 31, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Facebook said it won’t disclose the 3,000 ads Russia-linked accounts bought on the platform during the 2016 election. But U.S. senators have them, and they will. ;

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During a hearing of a Congressional hearing of the Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee with the general counsels of Facebook, Twitter, and Google, Sen. Christopher Coons shared two Facebook ads paid for by Russians. One focused on the issue of veteran support and was targeted against Hillary Clinton. ;

The ad apparently was purchased by a Facebook Page called Heart of Texas, which has since been connected to Russian propagandists. The ad was paid for in Rubles, Coons said. Read more…

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Russian Facebook trolls pushed for race-based violence

By Tuesday, October 31, 2017 0 Permalink 0

This just keeps getting worse. Another messed-up shoe has dropped in the ongoing saga of Facebook’s influence on the 2016 U.S. presidential election. This time, it’s the revelation that Russian-linked troll accounts called for race-based violence. ;

Facebook has so far refused to publicly release the Russian-backed ads that ran on its platform, potentially reaching up to 126 million Americans in the process. But that didn’t stop Jonathan Albright of Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism from collecting and collating the contents of six (now removed) Russian-linked groups reportedly created by the Internet Research Agency. ; Read more…

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Facebook, Twitter, and Google are testifying on political ads. Here’s why you should care

It’s been almost a year since America elected President Donald Trump, and finally, we’re about to learn more about how Google, Facebook, and Twitter were used by outside forces to secure that victory.

The top lawyers for each of those companies will testify before Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday on the influence of social media in the 2016 election. Lawmakers will most likely ask about Russian interference and the spread of fake news. Meanwhile, the companies will try to defend their actions (or lack thereof) in the hopes of avoiding looming government regulations.

The companies have also been trying to get ahead of the game by imposing some new rules on themselves. Read more…

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Russian trolls reached 126 million Americans—almost the population of Russia

By Monday, October 30, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Facebook accounts linked to Russia had a far greater reach than what was previously known, reaching nearly half the U.S. population.

Russia-linked Facebook accounts reached as many as 126 million users, according to prepared testimony from General Counsel Colin Stretch. ;

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In prepared remarks, Stretch, said the company’s “best guess” was that as many as 126 million people saw posts linked to Russia-backed accounts, though he attempted to downplay the significance of that number saying that it represented only a fraction of all NewsFeed posts. Read more…

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Facebook says Russia trolls reached nearly half the U.S. population

Facebook accounts linked to Russia had a far greater reach than what was previously known, reaching nearly half the U.S. population.

Russia-linked Facebook accounts reached as many as 126 million users, according to prepared testimony from General Counsel Colin Stretch. Stretch’s disclosure comes before a Congressional hearing on Russia’s use of Facebook and other social media platforms during the election. ;

SEE ALSO: Facebook’s targeted ads on Google want to talk about Russia’s targeted ads on Facebook

In prepared remarks, Stretch, said the company’s “best guess” was that as many as 126 million people saw posts linked to Russia-backed accounts, though he attempted to downplay the significance of that number saying that it represented only a fraction of all News Feed posts. Read more…

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Are you a ‘multicultural millennial’? Tag yourself in Facebook’s insane political ad document

By Monday, October 30, 2017 0 Permalink 0

There are 14 political ideologies in Facebook’s world.

Like the Kardashians and cannabis reform? You could be one of 20.1 million “Multicultural Millennials” on Facebook. Are you a suburban mom who supported Mitt Romney? You may be within “Small Town America.” ;

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Facebook created 14 categories across the political ideology spectrum and segmented its U.S. users among them, according to a document obtained by BuzzFeed News and shared with advertisers during the 2016 election. Facebook doesn’t require its massive user base to disclose their political beliefs, but it knows them regardless — or at least makes assumptions. ; Read more…

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