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Google, Facebook, Twitter and Russian Federation: A Timeline on the '16 Election

Google, Facebook, Twitter and Russian Federation: A Timeline on the '16 Election

Facebook Inc (FB.O) reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue on Wednesday as it pushed further into video advertising, showing no sign of financial damage from the controversy over how Russian Federation may have used the social network to meddle in the 2016 US elections.

In possible anticipation that the gap between its booming profits and the problems on the site might garner notice in Washington D.C. and beyond, he added: "We're investing so much in security that it will impact our profitability".

During the hearings, Facebook downplayed the potential reach of ads bought by Russia's Internet Research Agency.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said her state's Republican governor, Paul LePage, was accused of being a white supremacist in posts on a Russian-linked Facebook account targeting African-Americans in August 2016.

Numerous ads released Wednesday came from Facebook pages whose Russian ties were previously reported by CNN, including "Blacktivist", a page created to look like it was run by black American activists, and "Heart of Texas", a page supporting the secession of Texas.

"This is another example of how people are lured in", said Sen.

According to data released by the House Intelligence Committee, the troll group spent more than $2,500 in 2015 and 2016, paid in rubles, promoting this ad.

A day after telling the Judiciary Committee that 126 million Americans may have seen Russian-linked ads and posts on Facebook-owned platforms since 2015, Colin Stretch, the company's general counsel, raised the estimate Wednesday to "a little less than 150 million" Americans, or almost half the USA population.

"Like' if you want Jesus to win!" The account also promoted Florida Trump rallies.

"Thanks to Obama's and Hillary's policy, illegals come here because they wait for amnesty promised", the ad, which appears to have been shared over 1,000 times, continued.

The Senate Intelligence Committee hearing proved far more explosive than a similar hearing Tuesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee, with senators accusing the social media companies of permitting a flood of Russian-sponsored disinformation aimed at US voters. "Oh listen, we just finished [the hearing] three minutes ago, so give us time to sort of think through it", Burr said.

The political ads also tried to lure in Christian worshippers.

On Wednesday, Facebook was grilled by lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Mark Warner of Virginia, ranking member on the committee.

At the hearings, Facebook, Twitter and Google were pressed on whether they're even capable of preventing bad actors from taking advantage of their platforms through ads and regular posts. USA lawmakers have threatened tougher regulation and fired questions at Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch in hearings this week.


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