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Facebook Colluded with Russia in the 2016 Election, Selling Political Ads to Russian “Troll Farm”

Jacob Wohl

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In front of congressional investigators, Facebook officials testified that in the run-up to the 2016 Presidential Election, the company sold about $100,000 of political advertising to a well known Russian ‘troll-farm”.

Depending on when Facebook became aware of these ad buys from Kremlin linked entities, it may be that Facebook could have indeed colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 Election.

The Facebook officials stated that they were recently able to trace the ad purchases to a Russian troll farm with a history of using the site to push what they call “Pro-Kremlin propaganda”.

It’s unclear whether officials at Facebook are under investigation for colluding with Russia in the 2016 Presidential Election, but it is clear that their company was knowingly complicit in the facilitation of political influence by Russian entities.

The ad spending that has been disclosed by Facebook to congress so far, amounting to about $100,000, would be a tiny sum relative to the spending that took place in the election overall. However, experts claim that on the platform, targeted purchases can be used to show ads to extremely specific audiences, unlike in TV and print advertising.

People familiar with the inquiry told the Washington Post that “ Facebook discovered the Russian connection as part of an investigation that began this spring looking at purchasers of politically-motivated ads, according to people familiar with the inquiry. It found that 3,300 ads had digital footprints that led to the Russian company.”

Congressional investigators will almost certainly take a more detailed look at Facebook in their investigation of Russian influence in the 2016 election. To many, it’s beginning to seem that Facebook, not the Trump campaign, colluded with Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 Election.

About the Author: Jacob Wohl is the CEO and Head of Fixed Income and Interest Rates for Montgomery Assets, a proprietary trading and asset management firm based in Los Angeles, CA. Jacob Wohl is the host of the Offended America Podcast

 

Jacob Wohl is the CEO and Head of Fixed Income and Interest Rates for Montgomery Assets, a proprietary trading and asset management firm based in Los Angeles, CA. Jacob Wohl is the host of the Offended America Podcast

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