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.

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  • The Butterfly

    OMG, $100,000 . That explains Wisconsin.

    • JoKeR

      That completed overwhelmed Hellary’s campaign ad budget! 🙂

    • Clausewitz

      No, that explains maybe only Racine.

  • Bla Bla

    *cough* *cough* bullshit *cough*

    They will never concede defeat – either the proletariat were stupid, insane, wrong, deplorable, etc which led to the defeat of hillary. They are treading in dangerous waters and eventually this crap will come back to bite them in the ass when they least expect it.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      They just accepted the election.
      Pelosi and Shumer made a deal with President Trump on the debt ceiling as ephemeral it might be.

      • Norman_In_New_York

        From Trump’s perspective, the feckless Republican congressional leadership has forced him to triangulate to get things done.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          One of the best things about Our President is that he never gives an inch.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          By the way, I am Canadian.
          Hurry up and annex us.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          I agree with you.
          But, he’s demonstrating his willingness to play the river card.
          Except that he never places a bet that he hasn’t already won.
          Me, I only have my poker face.

      • Bla Bla

        Indeed! Hell is frozen, pigs are flying and the members of antifa have cast their victimhood aside and have joined society as productive members! lol

  • Alain

    Time to trot out that old dead Russian thing again in order to distract from the failure to deal with millions of illegals. Good lord now those sneaky Russians are completing with those sneaky Zionists who are claimed to control everything. I think however it is good that for once it isn’t the alleged Zionists being accused.

  • Solo712

    “….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”. Ok, let me try to decode that brainwave: …it was the Russian propaganda of heterosex, Christian heritage and war on Sunni terrorism that poisoned the American political consensus and allowed Trump to steal the election.

  • Exile1981

    And how much did CNN, Facebook and other sites spend peddling fake news?

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Whatever they spent, they covered it with ad revenues.

  • CaligulaJones

    WTF is a “Facebook ad”?

    Doesn’t everyone use AdBlocker?