THE KEY Facebook ads linked to Russia's election interference efforts are displayed during a House Intelligence Committee hearing in November 2017. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP) The massive trove of Facebook ads House Intelligence Committee Democrats released Tuesday provides a stunning look into the true sophistication of the Russian government’s digital operations during the presidential election. We’ve already heard a lot from the U.S. intelligence community about the hacking operation Russian intelligence services carried out against Democratic party computer networks to influence the election in favor of then-candidate Donald Trump. But this is the first time we have a swath of empirical and visual evidence of Russia’s disinformation campaign, in the form of more than 3,000 incredibly specific and inflammatory ads purchased by an Internet troll farm sponsored by the Kremlin. The ads clearly show how Russia weaponized social media, the senior … [Read more...] about The Cybersecurity 202: The Facebook ad dump shows the true sophistication of Russia’s influence operation
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Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Politics Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events by Philip Bump by Philip Bump Email the author May 10 at 4:30 PM Email the author On Thursday, Democrats from the House Intelligence Committee released several-thousand ads that had been run on Facebook as part of Russia’s efforts to interfere in U.S. politics from mid-2015 through August of last year. We broke down the numbers behind those posts, including how many clicks they got each month and how much they cost. We thought it would be interesting, though, to … [Read more...] about These are the most popular stealth Russian Facebook ads from each month
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader The Fix Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events by Callum Borchers by Callum Borchers Email the author May 10 at 2:01 PM Email the author U.S. intelligence agencies concluded last year that Russia “developed a clear preference” for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election and “used trolls, as well as RT, as part of its influence efforts to denigrate Secretary Clinton.” So the 3,400 Russia-linked Facebook ads released on Thursday by Democratic members of the Senate Intelligence … [Read more...] about Many Russia-linked Facebook ads weren’t explicitly pro-Trump. That doesn’t mean they weren’t pro-Trump.
Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee released more than 3,000 Facebook ads bought by Russian trolls, from 2015 to late 2017. Russia's Internet Research Agency was behind tens of thousands of posts on Facebook designed to create political chaos and hurt U.S. democracy, lawmakers said. Congress gave a preview of Russian-sponsored trolling posts on Facebook during a hearing last November. On Thursday morning, it released every single purchased ad. "The only way we can begin to inoculate ourselves against a future attack is to see first-hand the types of messages, themes and imagery the Russians used to divide us," Rep. Adam Schiff, a ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee and a Democrat from California, said in a statement. These ads were heavily promoted during the 2016 election, with Russian trolls seeking to sow chaos. The treasure trove of data, split into quarters from each year, totals about 8 gigabytes of Facebook posts, plus the metadata … [Read more...] about Congress releases all 3,000-plus Facebook ads bought by Russians
If you want to tailor a Facebook ad to a single user out of its universe of 2.2 billion, you could. Trying to pitch your boutique bed and breakfast to a 44-year-old "trendy mom" who lives in Seattle, leans conservative and is currently traveling in the Toronto area but hasn't booked a hotel for the night yet? Go right ahead. Interested in mail-ordering pet treats to a 32-year-old cat owner in Madison, Wisconsin who enjoys Japanese food, doesn't like pizza and has an anniversary coming up in the next two months? Not a problem. Targeting ads, it turns out, is almost infinitely customizable — sometimes in surprising ways. The ads you might see can be tailored to you down to the most granular details — not just where you live and what websites you visited recently, but whether you've gotten engaged in the past six months, are interested in organic food or share characteristics with people who have recently bought a BMW, even if you've never expressed interest in doing so … [Read more...] about How Facebook Ads Target You