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    3,500 Facebook ads show the scale of Russian manipulation

    The Russians were hard at work from mid-2015 thru mid-2017...

    “Pro-Beyoncé” vs. “Anti-Beyoncé”: 3,500 Facebook ads show the scale of Russian manipulation
    Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday released about 3,500 Facebook ads purchased by Russian agents around the 2016 presidential election on issues from immigration to gun control, a reminder of the complexity of the manipulation that Facebook is trying to contain ahead of the midterm elections.

    The ads, from mid-2015 to mid-2017, illustrate the extent to which Kremlin-aligned forces sought to stoke social, cultural and political unrest on one of the Web’s most powerful platforms. With the help of Facebook's targeting tools, they delivered their disinformation to narrow categories of users – from black or gay users to fans of Fox News.

    In doing so, Russia’s online army reached at least 146 million people on Facebook and Instagram, its photo-sharing service, with ads and other posts. Sometimes, Russian trolls also tried to fuel rallies and protests, endeavoring at one point in 2016 to pit Beyoncé fans and critics against each other in New York City.
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    The documents released Thursday also reflect that Russian agents continued advertising on Facebook well after the presidential election. Until August 2017, Russian-aligned pages and profiles advertised their opposition to immigrants, targeting a range of users, including those who appear to like Fox News. They marketed a page called Born Liberal to likely supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the data show, an ad that had more than 49,000 impressions into 2017. Together, the ads affirmed the fears of some lawmakers, including Republicans, that Russian agents have continued to try to influence U.S. politics even after the 2016 election.

    Russian agents also had created thousands of accounts on Twitter, and in January, the company revealed that it discovered more than 50,000 automated accounts, or bots, with links to Russia. It notified about 1.7 million users that they had fallen victim to Russian propaganda during the 2016 election. And Google discovered a small number of ads purchased by the IRA on YouTube, its video platform.

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    Yep. Those rascal Russians have been at this for 60+ years.

    But the interwebs have made it a lot easier to up their game...

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    One thing is for certain: facebook ads control how people vote in elections.
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    Quote Originally Posted by orangecat View Post
    One thing is for certain: facebook ads control how people vote in elections.
    Use "influence" instead of "control".
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    Use "influence" instead of "control".
    Russia using liberal tactics...nah

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    Use "influence" instead of "control".
    Well crap, if you put it that way, I'd contend politics is a game of influence. We attempt it here every day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carpe diem View Post
    Russia using liberal tactics...nah
    And folks like you eat it up. I mean look at the idiot you put in the White House.

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    Quote Originally Posted by One View Post
    And folks like you eat it up. I mean look at the idiot you put in the White House.
    You have excepted this op as fact.

    Who's eating?

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    What's even more sad, the left on this forum wants the op to be true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roberthughey View Post
    You have excepted this op as fact.

    Who's eating?
    I just ate a pb&j sandwich. Thanks for asking.
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