Facebook ads targeted Wisconsin, Michigan

Posted October 05, 2017

"Obviously, we're looking at any of the targeting of the ads, as well as any targeting of efforts to push out the fake or false news or negative accounts against Hillary Clinton, to see whether they demonstrate a sophistication that would be incompatible with not having access to data analytics from the campaign", Schiff said. Roughly 25% of the ads were never displayed to anyone, Facebook put this down to their irrelevance to users.

The subjects of the ads spanned issues including LGBT, race, immigration and gun rights and many of them encouraged people to follow Facebook Pages on these issues.

Last month, people in Russian Federation supposedly purchased about 3,000 politically diverse ads on the network in the U.S.in the months prior and after the November U.S. presidential election.

Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) has disclosed more about Russian ads that ran at its site and were likely meant to affect the last election.

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On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that the nefarious advertisers used Facebook's custom audiences-sophisticated ad targeting-to try to reach promising targets. With the Russians running targeted advertising for Trump in key swing states, a picture is beginning to take shape of how the Russians may have been able to collude with the Trump campaign to swing the election.

Facebook's new policies will require advertisers to file a more thorough documentation if they wish to run United States federal election-related ads in the future.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced September 21 that the company would provide the ads to Congress and also make changes to ensure the political ads on its platform are more transparent.

Facebook initially balked at giving the ads to Congress at all - citing the company's privacy policy - before relenting last month.

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American social media giant Facebook is certain a mysterious Kremlin-linked company called the Internet Research Agency is behind malicious ads on its platform that Congress believes are connected to Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

No. Facebook said it can't manually review 8 million ads flagged ever day.

What the information does show is how low-priced it can be for a person who is both clever and presumably familiar with the Facebook ad system to target groups in a manner meant to change their opinions or actions.

Only recently has Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg loosened his defenses about the company's role in the election. However, then both the company and its founder Mark Zuckerberg failed to back their revelations with any solid evidence proving such Russian intervention, saying that they are "limited" in what they can share publicly about the findings.

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