Google, Facebook, Twitter and Russian Federation: A Timeline on the '16 Election

Alyssa Bailey
November 2, 2017

Colin Stretch, Facebook's general counsel, also revealed at the Senate Intelligence Committee that the 126 million of its United States users exposed to content from Russian accounts did not include Instagram - where an "additional 16 million people" viewed such content since October 2016.

Those posts came from 120 fake, Russia-backed Facebook pages, that through likes, shares, and follows reached 126 million people, or half of all eligible American voters.

These were among the groups targeted in the Facebook ads purchased by Russia-linked accounts during the 2016 election and released Wednesday by the House Intelligence Committee.

While standing before a Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, lawyers for Google, Facebook, and Twitter said while they are working to be more transparent about online ads.

Facebook again received the bulk of scrutiny from lawmakers who expressed frustration with the world's largest social network because of its unique role in targeted marketing on the internet.

That comes after Zuckerberg opened wrote in today's earnings release that "We're serious about preventing abuse on our platforms".

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Lawyers for all three companies stressed that they did take the problem seriously and outlined some of the steps they have been taking to improve their checks on bad actors.

USA lawmakers have threatened tougher regulation and fired questions at Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch in hearings this week.

COO Sheryl Sandberg said Facebook will stand by its policy of allowing issue-related ads to be served because of its support for free speech, but she said the company wants to elevate the quality of discourse on the platform. Each general counsel also struggled to name an executive at their company who is specifically tasked with overseeing the threat. That's on top of 3,000 content reviewers Facebook said it would hire to police violent videos.

The company will provide more details on the business during a 2 p.m. PDT conference call with analysts.

King, who called Russia's influence online a "sophisticated worldwide strategy", used information compiled by Alliance for Securing Democracy to show that Russian Federation continues to try and interfere in American discourse by propagating hashtags related to President Donald Trump's attacks on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, Trump's catchphrase "MAGA", and the ongoing conflict in Syria. One page, which included an eagle alongside American flags, was called "Being Patriotic".

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