Feb 20, 2018

Facebook ads boss in fake news Twitter storm

Facebook's vice-president of adverts has been criticised for tweeting that Russian-bought ads had not been designed to sway the US election. In a series of tweets, Mr Goldman said that Russia's misinformation activity had been designed to "Divide America" but added that "The majority of the Russian ad spend happened after the election". The 13 Russians are accused of setting up fake accounts using stolen US identities, setting up themed groups and promoting political rallies throughout 2016, using Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter. "According to Wired, he sent a message to staff that read:"I wanted to apologise for having tweeted my own view about Russian interference without having it reviewed by anyone internally. "The tweets were my own personal view and not Facebook's. I conveyed my view poorly."

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