House Intel Dems release thousands of Kremlin-linked Facebook ads

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Shedding more light on foreign efforts to divide Americans before and after the 2016 presidential election, Democrats on the House intelligence committee just published more than 3,000 Facebook ads created to sow discord.

For its part, Facebook stressed in a statement: "This will never be a solved problem because we're up against determined, creative and well-funded adversaries".

Facebook also announced around the same time it had received over $100,000 from ads placed by Russia-linked accounts.

Most of the ads are issue-based, pushing arguments for and against immigration, LGBT issues and gun rights, among other issues. Defendants made various expenditures to carry out those activities, including buying political advertisements on social media in the names of USA persons and entities. Those just released represent every ad that Facebook has shared with the committee.

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The House Intelligence Committee Minority has worked to expose the Kremlin's exploitation of social media networks since the ICA was first published, highlighting this issue for the American public during an open hearing with social media companies in November 2017.

Facebook said it has made changes to stop such ads from being posted on its site.

"The only way we can begin to inoculate ourselves against a future attack is to see first-hand the types of messages, themes and imagery the Russians used to divide us", said Representative Adam Schiff, the senior Democrat on the Intelligence Committee.

Few supported Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee. Just last month, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee contended in their own report on Kremlin interference that Russian Federation tried to sow discord among American voters but did not attempt to boost Trump's candidacy. A large number of them attempt to stoke racial divisions by mentioning police brutality or disparaging the Black Lives Matter movement. An IRA-backed account on Instagram aimed a January 2016 ad about "white supremacy" specifically to those whose interests included HuffPost's "black voices" section.

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The social media giant estimated that the Russian ads reached about 10 million users in the United States.

On Instagram, one of the IRA's ads in February 2016 sought to target people believed to be police officers, firefighters and military officers, urging them to appear at a protest of Beyoncé outside of National Football League headquarters.

The trolls carefully choose to create pages for both sides of major issues.

The documents released Thursday also reflect that Russian agents continued advertising on Facebook well after the presidential election. A series of ads posted two days after Trump was elected urge his supporters to show up at Trump Tower in Manhattan to respond to the "massive crowds of libtards" who protested him.

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Additionally, in their October 2016 joint attribution statement, the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence laid out the Intelligence Community's assessment that senior Russian government officials had directed a hacking-and-dumping campaign to interfere in the November 2016 US election.

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