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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

House Democrats released a trove of data, metadata, Facebook ads, and Twitter accounts run out of the Kremlin's troll farm.

The ad was highly specific -- and specifically Russian.

It was for a Facebook group called Defend The 2nd. Above an image showing a cornucopia of bullets, it billed itself as "The community of 2nd Amendment supporters, guns lovers & patriots." That was how it appeared to the public -- the American public -- but Facebook internally held data that told a different story.

Ad targeting information associated with Defend The 2nd showed how highly targeted it was. The location for viewership had to be within the United States. They had to be between the ages of 18 to over 65. They had to match Facebook users with interests including the National Rifle Association, Second Amendment Sisters, Gun Owners of America, Concealed carry in the United States, and Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.

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The ad did not come from people for whom the Second Amendment applies. Payment, through the online payment service Qiwi, came in the form of 48,305.55 Rubles, or roughly $829. For that, Russia garnered over 301,000 "impressions" from Americans, with no questions asked by Facebook.

That ad was one of dozens of inflammatory Facebook and Twitter ads from Kremlin-backed fake social media accounts, including several The Daily Beast has already identified, with names like "Being Patriotic," "Secured Borders," and "United Muslims of America." They were released on Wednesday, along with accompanying metadata showing their Russian provenance, not by the companies themselves, but by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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Taken together, the ads and the metadata provide a deeper picture than previously known of one aspect of Russia's so-called "active measures" disinformation campaign. Hundreds of millions of Americans – nearly 150 million, Facebook acknowledged on Wednesday – didn't realize online political material they were seeing and sharing came from a foreign adversary. But the Russians, capitalizing on social-media targeting tools made possible by accumulated data from billions of users, knew a tremendous amount about their unsuspecting American audience.

"Russia exploited real vulnerabilities that exist across online platforms and we must identify, expose, and defend ourselves against similar covert influence operations in the future," Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said during a hearing on Wednesday with executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-01 03:59 PM | Reply

Here is a list of thousands of Twitter handles linked to Russia House Dems released today:

democrats-intelligence.house.gov

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-01 04:02 PM | Reply

I bet money that Zed and Donner checked it thoroughly.

#3 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-11-01 05:30 PM | Reply

What in the world were they trying to advance using "United Muslims of America"?

Backlash?

#4 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2017-11-01 05:38 PM | Reply

This article underscores a point I've made before. Their efforts weren't pro-Trump, they were anti-Hillary. Putin hates Hillary.

#5 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2017-11-01 05:59 PM | Reply

#5

The effect was the same, we ended up with Cheetolini.

#6 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2017-11-01 06:00 PM | Reply

I bet money that Zed and Donner checked it thoroughly.

#3 | Posted by SheepleSchism

And I'll bet you fell for some of it.

It is probably the root of your feverish Hillary hate syndrome.

Which is why you denied it even existed and you still deny that it had any effect. (i.e. changed anyone's vote)

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-11-01 07:03 PM | Reply

Here Are The Ads Russian Trolls Targeted At American Teenagers

Some of the ads released by the House Intelligence Committee targeted teens as young as 13.

The House Intelligence Committee released ads connected to a pro-Russian troll farm today. Along with the ads, the committee released metadata showing that some advertisements were targeted at teenagers as young as 13.

During testimony at the Senate Intelligence Committee, Facebook said at least 146 million Americans saw the ads purchased by the Kremlin-linked troll farm, up from 126 million. The aim was to influence the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election and increase division after it was over.
www.buzzfeed.com

Russian ads, now publicly released, show sophistication of influence campaign

Lawmakers on Wednesday released a trove of ads that Russian operatives bought on Facebook, providing the fullest picture yet of how foreign actors sought to promote Republican Donald Trump, denigrate Democrat Hillary Clinton and divide Americans over some of the nation's most sensitive social issues.
www.washingtonpost.com

#8 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-01 09:28 PM | Reply

Conclusion on Clint Watts' testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism on 10/31/17:

It's been more than a year since my colleagues and I described in writing how the Russian disinformation system attacked our American democracy. We've all learned considerably more since then about the Kremlin's campaigns, witnessed their move to France and Germany and now watch as the world worst regimes duplicate their methods. Yet our country remains stalled in observation, halted by deliberation and with each day more divided by manipulative forces coming from afar. The U.S. government, social media companies, and democracies around the world don't have any more time to wait. In conclusion, civil wars don't start with gunshots, they start with words. America's war with itself has already begun. We all must act now on the social media battlefield to quell information rebellions that can quickly lead to violent confrontations and easily transform us into the Divided States of America.

www.fpri.org

#9 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-01 09:44 PM | Reply

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