While Facebook's general counsel testified before Congress on Wednesday to try and explain how Russian state actors used the service in an attempt to spread disinformation around the USA presidential election, the social giant reported Q3 earnings on Wednesday.
A day after telling the Judiciary Committee that 126 million Americans may have seen Russian-linked ads and posts on Facebook-owned platforms since 2015, Colin Stretch, the company's general counsel, raised the estimate Wednesday to "a little less than 150 million" Americans, or almost half the USA population. Facebook said Russia-linked ads reached as many as 126 million people.
"What is really staggering and hard to comprehend is how easily and successfully they turned modern tech to their advantage", said Senator Dianne Feinstein.
King said Twitter, Google, Facebook, and the country needs to look forward and try and stop in the future. "We're investing so much in security that it will impact our profitability", Zuckerberg said in a statement. Facebook has said that the Internet Research Agency's content was served to as many as 150 million people on its platforms, including both Facebook and Instagram.
The Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman explained that Russians organized a Heart of Texas rally and a concurrent United Muslims of America counterprotest on the same day at the same location in Houston.
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"This is whole lot broader than simply the 2016 election", Sen. "Considering how long this hearing was in the making, I was pretty disappointed that, for example in the case of Facebook, that they seemed to not to have identified much beyond their initial search", Warner said, adding: "I've got more questions".
Burr said more ads were targeted toward Maryland, a solidly Democratic state.
"That was an absolute miss", Stretch said.
Google's Senior Vice President and General Counsel Kent Walker, right, speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian election activity and technology, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Each general counsel also struggled to name an executive at their company who is specifically tasked with overseeing the threat.
There is also proposed US legislation that would extend rules governing political ads on television, radio and satellite to also cover digital advertising. US lawmakers have threatened tougher regulation and fired questions at Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch in hearings this week.