Full Stock of Russia-Linked Facebook Ads Shows How Propaganda Sharpened

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This stretches as far back as the summer of 2015 when "Black Matters", a group controlled by Russian trolls, ran an ad about the Charleston church shooting in SC.

In response to the data dump, Facebook stated on Thursday: "We gave these ads to Congress so they could better understand the extent of Russian interference in the last United States presidential election". USA special counsel Robert Mueller sparked the handover when he obtained a search warrant to aid the investigation of the FBI.

For some lawmakers, they raised questions about whether Russian Federation was successful in swaying public opinion, in Trump's favour or otherwise.

In November, lawmakers released a small sample of the ads, but on Thursday, Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee made a decision to publish the full batch with the goal of educating the public on the Russian election-meddling efforts.

He added, "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". There has been no evidence that Trumps campaign was in any way associated with the social media effort.

It's notable that it's the Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee specifically who released these ads.

However, none of the political ads gave any hint they were actually created in Russian Federation. The second page shows an image of the ad. Some of the posts were targeted to users in certain cities or those who liked or befriended specific groups. "They are going to try to terrorize the nation".

That was one of many ads that attempted to set up events - sometimes on opposing sides of an issue.

Just one example of a Russian-created Facebook ad used in the run-up to the 2016 election.

But while numerous posts mastered American vitriol and slang, calling Democratic supporters "libtards" in one instance, others had sentences with peculiar grammar.

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The release of the ads comes months after top executives from Facebook, Google and Twitter testified at a trio of congressional hearings about Russia's propaganda efforts, a campaign waged by the Kremlin-sponsored Internet Research Agency, or IRA. Several depict Clinton behind bars.

Racial tensions were stoked by the Internet Research Agency in a variety of ways. On Thursday morning, it released every single purchased ad.

Still, the company says more needs to be done and it can't guarantee it can ever fix the problem. But Erickson said people should study ads before they click, and be wary of anything that triggers our emotions.

Even after Trump was elected, Russians continued to use social media to stir unrest.

Some of the ads promoted Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders, who were running against Hillary Clinton, and one showed former President Obama in the Oval Office with an Islamic State flag behind him.

Around the same time through different channels, Russian Federation promoted rallies against the president-elect.

Many of them didnt get much attention.

This kind of interference has led some lawmakers to call for greater regulation of tech companies. "It was my mistake, and I'm sorry", Zuckerberg said at the time.

"They sought to harness Americans' very real frustrations and anger over sensitive political matters in order to influence American thinking, voting and behaviour", Schiff said in a statement.