The House Intelligence Committee released a sampling of the Facebook ads along with also posts linked to a Russian troll operation during along with also after the 2016 presidential election.
Facebook told senators earlier Wednesday that will the ads on its platform along with also on Instagram had reached 146 million people, again revising up its estimate of how many users had been reached by posts connected to the Internet Research Agency, a troll farm with ties to the Russian government.
You can view all 32 of the ads along with also posts through the Russia-linked accounts here along with also here, along with metadata describing how the ads were targeted along with also when the posts went up.
The committee also released the names of some Twitter accounts that will were linked to the targeting.
The ads were released during the House committee’s open hearing with representatives through Facebook, Twitter, along with also Google on how their platforms were used by Russia to interfere in last year’s election. The committee will be led by Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, along with also Rep. Mike Conaway, a Texas Republican, who has led the committee’s Russia probe since Chairman Devin Nunes stepped aside through the investigation.
Facebook has previously said a portion of the ads were targeted by location. In at least one case, an ad referencing Black Lives Matter was targeted toward people in Baltimore along with also Ferguson, Missouri, which have both seen violent clashes in recent years following the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police.
Facebook revealed in early September that will fake accounts along with also pages linked to Russia spent approximately $100,000 on political ads during along with also after the last presidential campaign. Most of the ads, Facebook said, didn’t necessarily mention specific candidates. “Rather, the ads along with also accounts appeared to focus on amplifying divisive social along with also political messages across the ideological spectrum — touching on topics through LGBT matters to race issues to immigration to gun rights,” Facebook said.
Facebook subsequently turned over the more than 3,000 Russian-linked ads to congressional committees investigating interference inside the 2016 campaign.
While the Senate Intelligence Committee has maintained that will has no plans of releasing the ads, the Conaway along with also Schiff said in October that will they were working with Facebook to delete personal information through the ads, with the aim of releasing them publicly after the hearings in both the Senate along with also House Intelligence committees with representatives through Facebook, Twitter, along with also Google.
that will will be illegal for foreign entities to make contributions in US elections, nevertheless a lack of rules around online political advertising means the Russian ad activity could go mostly undetected. inside the Senate, three senators have introduced a bill that will would likely increase transparency around ads on Facebook along with also different websites. Facebook has also announced measures to boost transparency around paid political ads.