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Recode: 126M Facebook Users May Have Seen Russian Content

Recode: 126M Facebook Users May Have Seen Russian Content
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By    |   Monday, 30 October 2017 08:43 PM

Russia's fake news campaign on a trio of internet platforms was worse than first believed, according to a new report.

Recode reported that executives from Facebook, Google, and Twitter will speak with members of congressional panels this week about Russia's efforts to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and other lawmakers will meet with officials from all three companies on Tuesday to discuss the matter. On Wednesday, the representatives from Facebook and Twitter are scheduled to face questions from the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.

Some of the revelations the companies will tell the lawmakers, according to Recode:

  • About 126 million American Facebook users saw content created by people with ties to the Russian government around Election Day, far more than the 10 million that was first reported.
  •  Google, which has yet to reveal the extent of Russian meddling, will announce that it found $4,700 worth of Russian ads that were purchased on its platform and 18 YouTube channels with suspect Russian ties.
  • Twitter has discovered that Russia's Internet Research Agency created more than 2,700 accounts on the social media network.

Last week, Facebook announced a new transparency policy regarding political ads on its network. The effort is designed to inform Facebook users about who creates political ads moving forward.

The U.S. intelligence community said earlier this year that Russia tried to influence the U.S. election through computer hacks and fake news campaigns. The scope of the interference has become clearer as investigators peel back the layers.

There was even a report that Russian trolls watched the TV series "House of Cards," a political drama, to learn about deceiving Americans regarding their government.

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