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Russia-linked Facebook ads targeted specific states in US

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Russia-linked Facebook ads targeted specific states in US

More information is steadily revealed about the Russia-linked campaign that aimed to influence the 2016 presidential elections in the US. Now CNN has revealed that the ads targeted especially Michigan and Wisconsin.

In addition to the two states that were crucial for Trump’s victory, also California, New York and Maryland were targeted by the ads, indicating that the goal was to induce general mistrust among voters rather than helping a specific candidate, Bloomberg reported.

Bloomberg also revealed that Facebook has fought against the Federal Election Commission's rules on political advertising disclosure since 2011. The company argued initially that the disclosure rules would “stand in the way of innovation”, even if Facebook is now pledging greater transparency about election related ads. 

Calls for transparency and strengthened efforts from Facebook intensify by the day: Margaret Sullivan said tech companies need to devote more of their massive resources to address the issue, while, Steve Kovach, writing for the Business Insider, called on Facebook to release the ads to the public.

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Teemu Henriksson

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2017-10-05 12:50

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