April 22, 2018

Facebook estimates that it exposed 10m USA members to Russian propaganda

05 October 2017, 12:12 | Rufus Hill

The Facebook application seen on a phone screen in August 2017 file

The Facebook application seen on a phone screen in August 2017 file

The company said of the ads that were geographically targeted "more ran in 2015 than 2016".

It said that 44% of the ads surfaced before the USA election.

"If you can get a hot post, you can get an extra 20-to-40 times multiplier because of those people commenting and sharing it", he said. Moscow as regards the claim has denied meddling in the US elections previous year, in which Donald Trump won over Hillary Clinton, a Democrat. Facebook refused to offer data of the marketed events.

"For the ways my work was used to divide people rather than bring us together, I ask forgiveness and I will work to do better", Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post on September 30, without naming a specific issue.

This is just the latest evidence of what is being described as Russian use of US -based technology platforms to target Americans and exploit already divided political and racial factions in American society over the last two years. Facebook has introduced strict restrictions on content and context of ads. The ads were aimed at suppressing the votes and sowing discontent among the electorate, the sources said.

Burr said that Kushner's camp had responded to the letter to state they had in fact turned over "every email that was pertinent to the investigation". "These ads are timely, relevant and provocative". And while one source said that a large number of ads appeared in areas of the country that were not heavily contested in the elections, some clearly were geared at swaying public opinion in the most heavily contested battlegrounds. About 25 percent of the 3,000 ads were never viewed because ads are distributed based on relevance to user's social media searches.

Facebook is making changes to its advertising policies in the wake of an investigation that confirmed the company unknowingly sold ads to Kremlin-backed sources trying to sway the 2016 USA presidential election. Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said that the inquiry has certainly engendered more through interior inspection by the technology companies, which is affirmative. It's also unclear what kind of documentation Facebook will require of political advertisers.

As the company works to fix its ad business, it's also dealing with numerous congressional investigations.

"These companies are too big, too powerful and too important to leave them alone", he said.

Like different organizations that offer to publicize space, Facebook distributes arrangements for what it permits, forbidding advertisements that are vicious, discriminate on the basis of race or promote the sale of illegal drugs.

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