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Facebook says 10 million people saw Russia’s ‘divisive’ political ads

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Facebook is finally making clear just how pervasive Russia-bought political ads were on its platform in the days and weeks before and after the election.

Around 10 million Facebook users saw Russia-bought political ads, according to new information released on Monday night by the company.

The disclosure, which the company previously shared with Congress, marks the first time the social network has shared how many of its users saw the $100,000 worth of political ads linked to Russian actors.

Facebook has still not shared the content of the ads, but Facebook’s VP of Policy and Communication Elliott Schrage said the ads tended to focus on “divisive social and political messages across the ideological spectrum” and that many of them directed people to follow pages related to issues such as LGBT issues, immigration policy, and gun rights. Read more…

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