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U.S. Congress finally emits all 3,000 Russian "troll" - Facebook ads. Let's take a look at some.

Posted: May 12th, 2018 - 1:17 pm

US Congress has released more than 3,000 Facebook ads purchased and created by the Internet Research Agency, a pro-Kremlin so-called troll factory.

Previously the House Intelligence Committee had only released about 50.

Usefully, the panel includes information on who the advert was targeted at, and how much engagement it received, in terms of impressions and clicks. Not all views and clicks are by humans, remember.

You may have expected hundreds or thousands of posts condemning Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, and promoting Donald Trump, but that is not the case.

Many of the ads were not directly politically related, and instead highlighted black and LGBT civil rights issues. They repeated the Black Lives Matters mantra, demanded stronger borders, and called for protests against homophobia and police brutality. Rather than outright back a particular candidate, instead many of the paid-for Facebook posts sought to set people against each other: blacks against whites, muslims against christians, citizens against immigrants, and so on.

The cache includes ads that were racist and inflammatory, and were seemingly designed to reinforce and enable prejudices. Many played to their base, in other words. For instance, a post that read, "A message from Muslim American kids to all citizens of the US," was actually targeted at people who liked, or were connected to those who liked, the group United Muslims of America.....

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