Facebook to Hire 1000 More Employees to Review Ads

The Facebook application seen on a phone screen in August 2017 file

Fewer than half of the ads - which ran between 2015 and 2017 - were seen before the election, with 56 percent of them seen after the election.

Individuals absorbed in this web of keeping a tab on and deception did not propose any manifestation that they had been singled out or the ads emanated from the Russians.

Facebook, the world's largest social network, has become a primary platform for internet political ads because it has a wide reach and gives advertisers powerful targeting capabilities.

"What Facebook has found thus far have been ads that were funded by money that could be directly tracked back to Russian Federation", said Democratic California Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, Monday. The company is also working with special counsel Bob Mueller's investigation into the Russian meddling.

The subjects of the ads spanned issues including LGBT, race, immigration and gun rights and many of them encouraged people to follow Facebook Pages on these issues. The company said it found 450 accounts and about $100,000 was spent on the ads.

Schrage's post also addressed a number of questions about how Facebook had identified the ads and what it was doing to stop foreign nationals from meddling in American politics. Additionally, it turns out that 50 percent of the ads cost under $3, while 99 percent of all the ads cost $1000 or less.

"The 2016 United States election was the first where evidence has been widely reported that foreign actors sought to exploit the internet to influence voter behaviour", said Schrage.

The company said on Monday that it will add more than 1,000 people to review the ads that run on its platforms.

More than half of the "Russian advertisements" on Facebook that supposedly influenced the 2016 USA elections actually appeared after the vote, the company has revealed.

"We are sharing these ads with Congress because we want to do our part to help investigators gain a deeper understanding of Russian interference in the U.S. political system and explain those activities to the public", said Joel Kaplan, VP Global Public Policy, Facebook.

In a meeting with House and Senate investigators last week, Twitter executives shared more than 1,800 promoted tweets from Russia Today, known as RT, and its three main accounts on the site.

None of the companies have said whether they will accept the invitations.

Adam Schiff, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said he hopes to release "a representative sampling" of the ads when tech firms testify at a public hearing before Congress. Several lawmakers - including Virginia Sen.

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