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Russian Facebook Ads Brought Opposing Groups Into Real-World Conflict

Russian Facebook Ads Brought Opposing Groups Into Real-World Conflict
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By    |   Wednesday, 01 November 2017 10:14 PM

russianads001.JPGCongress on Wednesday publicly released some of the more than 3,000 Facebook ads purchased by Russian operatives during the 2016 presidential election.

They targeted people on the right and left, and sometimes managed to bring people with opposing political viewpoints face-to-face in the real world where they could potentially engage in physical conflict, The Washington Post reported.

The release came as officials from Facebook, Twitter, and Google testified before Congress on the matter.

One ad, from a group called "Heart of Texas," but controlled by Russians, announced a "Stop the Islamization of Texas" rally would be held May 21, 2016 in Houston. A different group called "United Muslims of America," but also controlled by Russians, touted a "Save Islamic Knowledge" rally at the same place and time.

A Russian group "Stop All Invaders" ran three ads with pictures of a woman in a head covering that urged resistance to Sharia Law in the United States.

"All face covering should be banned in every state across America!" one ad said.

One ad touted a "Down With Hillary!" outside of Clinton's campaign headquarters in Brooklyn and was aimed at Facebook users who lived near New York City and had an interest in Donald Trump or Donald Trump Jr.

On the opposite side of the political spectrum, a "Black Matters" community page targeted people who follow the Black Lives Matter movement.

The page displayed pictures of black men who had been shot by police, including Michael Brown and Tamir Rice.

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Released by the House Intelligence Comittee

An ad from a Russian created group called "Blacktivist" had a photograph of Black Panthers and the caption, "never forget that the Black Panthers, group formed to protect black people from the KKK, was dismantled by us govt but the KKK exists today."

Other ads appealed to supporters of gun rights.

One political ad by "Army of Jesus" had a cartoon of the devil and Jesus arm wrestling. Satan says, "IF I WIN CLINTON WINS!" Jesus replies, "NOT IF I CAN HELP IT!"

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Released by the House Intelligence Comittee

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