Oct 3, 2017

Russian-bought Facebook ads 'seen by 10 million in US'

An estimated 10 million people in the US saw Facebook adverts bought in Russia before and after the US presidential election. The company published the numbers in a blog post as it turned over 3,000 Russian-bought ads to federal investigators on Monday. Elliot Schrage, vice-president of policy and communications at Facebook, said the company is "Continuing to refine our techniques for identifying the kinds of ads in question". In an earlier post on the company's blog on Monday, Facebook's vice president of global public policy Joel Kaplan announced that it would also be adding 1,000 people to its global ads review team. The ads violated Facebook's policies because they came from inauthentic accounts.

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