Released Facebook Ads Show How Russia Stoked Racial, Religious Tension

Pattern of denial spin and half-measures followed by reluctant cooperation in face of regulation

Pattern of denial spin and half-measures followed by reluctant cooperation in face of regulation

Lawyers for all three companies stressed that they did take the problem seriously and outlined some of the steps they have been taking to improve their checks on bad actors.

Colin Stretch, Facebook's general counsel, also revealed at the Senate Intelligence Committee that the 126 million of its US users exposed to content from Russian accounts did not include Instagram - where an "additional 16 million people" viewed such content since October 2016.

The bipartisan bill would require sites to publicly disclose information about ad buyers, including how much they paid and who their target audience is.

COO Sheryl Sandberg said Facebook will stand by its policy of allowing issue-related ads to be served because of its support for free speech, but she said the company wants to elevate the quality of discourse on the platform.

Among them was an attempt to get pro-Texas Facebook users and Muslims to clash at competing events in Houston on May 21, 2016.

The companies were also scheduled to testify before the U.S. House Intelligence Committee later on Wednesday.

This is one of the Russian Facebook ads meant to stir dissention in the U.S.

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The Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman explained that Russians organized a Heart of Texas rally and a concurrent United Muslims of America counterprotest on the same day at the same location in Houston. "And even without legistialstion, we're already moving forward on our own to bring advertising on Facebook to an even higher standard of transparency than ads on TV or other media".

On the morning after Election Day 2016, the Russian page "Black Matters", which was created to look like a black activist group, began promoting a "Trump is NOT my president" event, to take place at New York City's Union Square.

If so, you were likely being targeted by the Russia-backed ads that have been in the news lately.

On October 19th, 2016, a meme appearing to show Satan and Jesus Christ arm wrestling was posted on the Russian page "Army of Jesus".

InstagramPolitico also has an August 2016 Instagram ad, aimed at "people ages 18 to 65+ interested in military veterans, including those from the Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam wars", suggesting that Clinton is insensitive to the grief of Gold Star families.

According to the committee, the equivalent of only $1 was spent on the ad, generating 71 impressions and 14 interactions.

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