Congress makes public some of the 2016 online ads tied to Russia’s election interference
Posted: 4:29 pm Wednesday, November 1st, 2017
By Staff Writer
During a second day of hearings with top officials of Facebook, Twitter and Google, lawmakers in the Congress released a series of advertisements placed by and paid for by shadowy Russian groups, which were placed on major social media platforms during the 2016 elections, most of them stirring already divisive issues in the U.S. like immigration, gay rights, and matters with racial overtones.
“We really do want these ads to get out in the public space,” said Sen. James Lankford (R-OK), who joined lawmakers in both parties in pressing social media giants to show examples of what was used by Russia – before and after the election – to stir political debates in the United States.
The ads – which would have given no one any hint that they originated from Russia – covered everything from the Second Amendment, to racial issues, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and more.
Two sample fake FB pages created by Russians were seeking to widen ideological chasms: “Blacktivist” and “South United” pic.twitter.com/dgu2Lwdkft