Facebook reveals alleged Russia-funded political ad campaign in US

Hundreds of fake Facebook accounts linked to Russia spent $100,000 (€€84,000) on political ads around the 2016 US presidential election, the social media site revealed on Wednesday.

Between June 2015 and May 2017, 470 accounts bought ads touting fake or misleading news or directing users to pages with such content, a Facebook official said.

The 3,000 ads did not specifically reference the election, a candidate or voting, but they did allow the amplification of “divisive messages” on issues such as immigration, race and gay rights, according to Facebook.