Facebook, Twitter, Google face aggressive questioning at Senate hearing

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Facebook has admitted that content posted on its network by Russian operatives was seen by around 126 million Americans during last year's presidential election, and it has vowed to "do better" to stop it.

Neither Facebook, Google, nor Twitter executives were able to tell congressional investigators on Tuesday how much money they made from ads that appeared alongside Russian propaganda.

This is one of the Russian Facebook ads meant to stir dissension in the U.S.

The companies were also scheduled to testify before the U.S. House Intelligence Committee later on Wednesday. "Russia was able to weaponize your platforms to divide us". Though the small number of ads made public make it hard to confirm that the ads are a "representative sampling", as Democrats on the committee claim, those released shore up reporting about Russia's efforts to stoke American voters' fears of their Muslim, black and Latino neighbors.

This is one of the Russian Facebook ads meant to stir dissention in the U.S. "Then they are manipulated by foreign actors and foreign agents".

Among those who were likely to see this ad were Facebook users who had previously liked Laura Ingraham, God, Ron Paul, Christianity, Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Andrew Breitbart, Bible and Mike Huckabee.

Some Republicans, however, sought to distance the scrutiny of the companies from questions about the legitimacy of U.S. President Donald Trump's election victory.

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To gain more views, the pages bought ads on Facebook promoting the event.

This simple ad attracted Facebook users to click on and join the group Secured Borders, which sought a shutdown in immigration.

Senate Intelligence Committee members instead interrogated the companies over their past and current efforts to curb Russian manipulation of their platforms, frequently expressing displeasure with the answers they received.

InstagramPolitico also has an August 2016 Instagram ad, aimed at "people ages 18 to 65+ interested in military veterans, including those from the Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam wars", suggesting that Clinton is insensitive to the grief of Gold Star families.

This post aimed at grow a Facebook community of gun rights advocates.

If so, you were likely being targeted by the Russia-backed ads that have been in the news lately.

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