Facebook Says Content Wasn’t the Problem With Russian Election-Season Ads


Facebook’s latest revelations about the 2016 election show just how tough it’s going to be for the social network to police its platform.

After some prodding, the company this week gave Congress the ads that it says Russia-based groups appear to have bought to influence last year’s U.S. presidential campaign. Facebook, Twitter, Google and others have become a focus of concern since it became clear digital ads and fake news were used in disinformation efforts by foreign actors.

On Monday, Facebook also outlined new details of how it was used by those who bought the ads, which numbered 3,000 over two years at a cost of more than $100,000.

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