Russia Linked 10 Million Facebook Accounts In US Election,- Facebook said that the 3,000 Russia-linked ads it turned over to congressional investigators were seen on the social network by an estimated 10 million people in the United States. 44% of the ads were seen before the 2016 presidential election, and 56% of the ads were seen after the election.

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Facebook turned over the ads in the midst of public scrutiny over its role in spreading “fake news” stories that critics say might have influenced the outcome of the election. Russia created fake accounts on Facebook and bought ads with the goal of spreading false stories. Nearly 500 accounts that originated in Russia purchased $100,000 worth of Facebook ads during the election.

Most of the ads focused on divisive social and political messages across the ideological spectrum from LGBT matters to race issues to immigration to gun rights.