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Russia operations funded US political ads: Facebook

The social media network said 3,000 ads, 470 accounts promoted divisive social, political messages

Joseph Menn & David Ingram | Bloomberg 

Facebook said on Wednesday it had found that an operation likely based in Russia spent $100,000 on thousands of US ads promoting divisive social and political messages in a two-year-period through May. Facebook, the dominant social media network, said 3,000 ads and 470 "inauthentic" accounts and pages spread polarising views on topics including immigration, race and gay rights. Another $50,000 was spent on 2,200 "potentially politically related" ads, likely by Russians, Facebook said. US election law bars foreign nationals and foreign entities ...

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First Published: Fri, September 08 2017. 03:14 IST