Russian Federation bought political ads from Facebook during the election, company says

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The ad company is also known to have a history of putting out pro-Kremlin propaganda. "About one-quarter of these ads were geographically targeted".

So the argument seems to go thus: Moscow funds discussion of divisive issues on social media to achieve a distortion of American political sentiment, which fulfills a geopolitical goal - presumably, disunity and infighting among the American people and government.

Given the USA prohibition on foreign money being spent in elections, Facebook has a legal duty to act if it is aware of similar activity in the future, Fischer said.

The amount spent on ads, Facebook disclosed to congressional investigators, was small, just $100,000.

Facebook has been struggling with the issue of fake accounts, including organizations seeking to promote posts and generate traffic using bots. One search for ads purchased from United States internet addresses set to the Russian language turned up $50,000 worth of spending on 2,200 ads.

According to Facebook, about $50,000 of the funds - about 2,200 ads- were potentially related to impacting US politics.

Facebook launched the inquiry after it came under fire for being a platform on which inaccurate political news was shared during the 2016 USA presidential election.

More than $1 billion was spent on digital political ads during the 2016 presidential campaign, 10,000 times the presumed Russian spending identified by Facebook's security team. "Those are still very much within the subject of the investigation". One might call those important issues in the U.S. today, and indeed, around the world.

It said the ads it found did not back a particular candidate and that there was no link to any presidential campaign. According to people familiar with the matter, Facebook still doesn't know to what extent these accounts were coordinated.

Mueller was named to the post after Trump fired former FBI director James Comey, who had been leading the investigation.

A spokeswoman for Twitter declined comment Wednesday evening.

"Now that Facebook is no longer denying it, now that everybody involved, except the Trump campaign, I think, admits to exactly what Russian Federation did here, can we now look at what they did to see if they had help?" These pages and profiles spent $100,000 for political ads on Facebook which leads even more to the possibility that Russian Federation had something to do with the overall outcome. To date, while news reports have uncovered many meetings and contacts between Trump associates and Russians, there has been no evidence proving collusion in the hacking or other Russian activities.

Wednesday's revelation is a new wrinkle in the ongoing Russian Federation investigations.