Facebook had $100000 of political ads from Russian Federation in U.S. presidential campaign

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A shadowy group based in Russian Federation spent at least $100,000 on adverts on Facebook in an attempt to influence last year's usa presidential election, the social network said.

The social network said Wednesday it sold $100,000 worth of ads to inauthentic accounts likely linked to Russian Federation during the election.

Separately, Facebook also found another $50,000 in political ad spending - for about 2,200 ads - that were bought from accounts "that might have originated in Russia", Stamos wrote.

"Our analysis suggests these accounts and pages were affiliated with one another and likely operated out of Russian Federation", he added, before saying that the accounts had been shut down.

This information was disclosed to congressional investigators, according to "several people familiar with the company's findings", after an internal Facebook investigation this spring linked $100,000 of ad buys to a Russian company known as the Internet Research Agency. "Facebook notes that the "vast majority" of the ads it analyzed didn't reference a candidate, voting or the 2016 election specifically; instead, they were meant to "[amplify] divisive social and political messages". It also was looking for ads bought from accounts with USA internet protocol addresses but with the language setting dialed in to Russian. The Washington Post reported that Facebook traced the fake accounts to a Russian "troll farm" that has a history of promoting Russian propaganda. "If Facebook has data on this, it needs to share it".

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Stamos said Facebook's probe "looked for ads that might have originated in Russian Federation - even those with very weak signals of a connection and not associated with any known organized effort". Facebook did not say Mr Putin in a blog entry clarifying the advertisement purchases.

Following the election, Facebook released a 13 page statement outlining strategies for fighting fake news on its platform.

Facebook has been under the microscope for months to explain how its platform was exploited during the last presidential campaign.

In its unclassified report in January, the USA intelligence community concluded that the Internet Research Agency's "likely financier" is a "close Putin ally with ties to Russian intelligence".

Under federal law and Federal Election Commission regulations, both foreign nationals and foreign governments are prohibited from making contributions or spending money to influence a federal, state or local election in the United States.

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