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Facebook Turns Over Russian Ads to Congress

Under growing public pressure, Facebook is turning over more than 3,000 Russia-linked ads to Senate and House intelligence committees. The ads were sold during the 2016 presidential campaign and featured fictional people who had posed as American activists, attacking Hillary Clinton or praising Donald Trump. After the sources of the inflammatory messages were identified, the ads were taken down. In early September, Facebook finally admitted that Russian agents bought the ads, a response that has now involved the Internet giant in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election. Somewhat amusingly, the Russian government said that the Kremlin does not even know how to post ads on Facebook. —TV

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