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Facebook says it has discovered a Russian-funded campaign to promote divisive social and political messages on its site.

The company said $100,000 was spent on about 3,000 ads over two years period.

 

The company said it was co-operating with a US investigation into the matter, and handed over its evidence to Robert Mueller “special prosecutor” who is handling alleged Russian interference in last year ‘s US presidential election.

 

The advertisements directed users toward around 470 accounts that spread false information or were otherwise in breach of Facebook’s terms and conditions, said the site.  Also, the company noted in a blog published on Wednesday that, “ the ads and accounts appeared to focus on amplifying divisive social and political messages across the ideological spectrum.”

 

The company believed that, the accounts were created by an Internet Research Agency; a Petersburg St. based group known posting for Pro-Kremlin messages on social media. Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos said the accounts have now been shut down.

 

Facebook was accused of inflating its advertising reach around the same time Facebook’s discovery came on the news.  Richard Newman, online marketing lawyer said the scale of the issue was too small to cause Facebook any significant headache, but the company needs to get on top of the issue.  He added, “ Facebook clearly has a dominant position in social media space and Internet adverting.” 

This is another everyday new political news, what is next?

 





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