Published: Fri, September 29, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Congress' Russian probe searching for fracking-related social media ads

Congress' Russian probe searching for fracking-related social media ads

When Facebook said this month that Russia-linked, "inauthentic" accounts had bought some 3,000 advertisements since mid-2015, it didn't disclose many details about what the ads said or how they targeted social media users.

The Washington Post earlier this week based a report on a batch of 3,000 ads the social media giant was said to be turning over Congress as it investigates Russia's meddling in the USA election.

The committees have been investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election and any possible coordination with Trump associates.

Facebook has said the "vast majority" of the suspect ads did not specifically mention the 2016 presidential election.

He noted that both ends of the political spectrum were upset about content they disliked, and that liberals in the USA had accused him of enabling Mr Trump's victory. Facebook said earlier this month it discovered about $100,000 worth of ads from fake accounts linked to Russian Federation that ran during the 2016 USA presidential election.

Facebook, under increased scrutiny for hosting hundreds of Russian-linked accounts, announced this month that it would turn over thousands of ads purchased by the Internet Research Agency, a Russian company with ties to the Kremlin. The House and Senate panels have invited both tech giants, along with Google, to appear at public hearings this fall.

Trump Waives Jones Act Shipping Restrictions For Puerto Rico
Furthermore, there is lack of fuel on the island and so there are a limited number of trucks available to move the goods around. Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said on Wednesday he expected the federal government to waive the Jones Act .

"This is an ongoing process and we will continue to collaborate with investigators", the statement said.

"Things change with a subpoena", Pollock, a Democrat, said as part of the panel.

"In the coming month, we will hold an open hearing with representatives from tech companies in order to better understand how Russian Federation used online tools and platforms to sow discord in and influence our election", the committee's top Democrat, Representative Adam Schiff, and Representative Mike Conaway, the Republican leading the investigation, said in a statement.

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg admitted he underestimated the impact of fake news on his social network during last year's election, as another divisive Russian-backed ad buy came to light. Both panels are investigating the scope of alleged Kremlin interference in the US election, a charge Moscow has denied. "That's 1000x more than any problematic ads we've found", he said.

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, said: 'I think the American people should see a representative sample of these ads to see how cynical the Russians were using these ads to sow division within our society.' Schiff has been briefed on the ads, but he hadn't actually seen them when he made these comments. The messages will also simultaneously increase the already existing tensions among groups which are already cautious of one another.

"During the 2016 election, we removed tweets that were attempting to suppress or otherwise interfere with the exercise of voting rights, including the right to have a vote counted, by circulating intentionally misleading information".

Like this: