Published: Wed, October 04, 2017
IT | By Amos Hawkins

Facebook estimates that it exposed 10m U.S. members to Russian propaganda

Facebook estimates that it exposed 10m U.S. members to Russian propaganda

Facebook is aiming to adjust their policies as well as implementing a rule that would require more thorough documentation from people who would want to run ads about US federal elections. "It's a continuing process in which we're looking for this activity", the spokesperson said.

"Most of the ads appear to focus on divisive social and political messages across the ideological spectrum, touching on topics from LGBT matters to race issues to immigration to gun rights", Facebook reported.

Consistent with previous defenses, Facebook says it is simply too big to perfectly police.

As for cost, Facebook finds that less than $3 was spent to buy 50% of the ads in question, while less than $1,000 was spent to buy almost all of them.

Facebook turned over copies of the ads on Monday to the House and Senate intelligence committees and the Senate Judiciary Committee. In a statement, the company said, "Even when we have taken all steps to control abuse, there will be political and social content that will appear on our platform that people will find objectionable, and that we will find objectionable".

The company explained in a blog post part of its Hard Questions series that the Russian ads were delivered to Congress. To begin with, it's promising to make ads more transparent - it's writing tools that will let you see all the ads a Page runs, not just the ones targeting you. Like many social networks, Twitter's service is global in nature, so any attempt to battle back sources or ideas - even those that frustrate U.S. users and regulators alike - could be seen as censorship here or elsewhere.

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None of the companies have said whether they will accept the invitations.

The total ad spend by the Russians was $100,000, the company has said and it was possible that Facebook would find more Russia-linked United States ads as it continues to investigate.

Schiff said he hopes to release a sampling of the ads at a public hearing with the firms. Several lawmakers - including Virginia Sen.

Mr Zuckerberg initially said it was "crazy" to think that misinformation spread on Facebook influenced the outcome of the election, but he has now changed that view.

In an April white paper co-authored by Stamos Facebook revealed "information operations" were being carried out on the platform but did not name Russian Federation or attribute these campaigns.

Though Twitter disclosed last week that the company found over 200 Russian accounts linked to propaganda pages. Warner and his fellow Senators have criticized both Facebook and Twitter for the limited scope of their findings.

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