Representatives from Facebook today informed congress that it inadvertently sold advertising space to Russian operatives seeking to influence the 2016 US presidential election. The social network, after investigation, was able trace $100,000 to a “troll farm” in Russia.
While some of the advertisements specifically named Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, representatives say that the majority ads focused on controversial voter issues such as gun control, abortion, and LGBTQ rights.
Congressional investigators and special counsel Robert Mueller are currently probing Russian interference into the election and Facebook representatives are cooperating with attempts to uncover the depths of Kremlin involvement.
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