That tailors ads to be seen by people who'd visited a particular advertiser's site.
"We are sharing these ads with Congress because we want to do our part to help investigators gain a deeper understanding of Russian interference in the U.S. political system and explain those activities to the public", said Joel Kaplan, VP Global Public Policy, Facebook. "That enables Facebook users to run ads with political content that are micro-targeted to specific regions or demographics, without anyone knowing".
Facebook claimed in a statement that its record, of what the firm last week dubbed as Russian-associated pages, comprised shutting down various marketed events.
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Senate intelligence chairman Richard Burr said Monday he won't be the one who makes the Russian-linked Facebook election ads public.
Facebook has announced that it will be recruiting an additional 1,000 members of staff to help with the ad review process in a bid to prevent future attempts to interfere with elections. With the Russians running targeted advertising for Trump in key swing states, a picture is beginning to take shape of how the Russians may have been able to collude with the Trump campaign to swing the election.
Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, also declined to comment on the ads on Monday. However, then both the company and its founder Mark Zuckerberg failed to back their revelations with any solid evidence proving such Russian intervention, saying that they are "limited" in what they can share publicly about the findings.
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What's been dubbed as "Russian hacking" by the media looks as though it's just a case of leveraging tools that Facebook provides to anyone who is willing to pay; in this instance, though, Facebook labeled the activity as "pernicious" and said the acts were against the company's rules.