"Last year, the bipartisan leaders of the House Intelligence Committee's Russian Federation investigation made a commitment to the American people to publicly release the Facebook advertisements used by the Kremlin-linked Internet Research Agency, so that Americans can begin to understand how Russian Federation used social media to influence the 2016 election, and to divide us".
However, none of the political ads gave any hint they were actually created in Russian Federation. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., the data show, an ad that had more than 49,000 impressions into 2017. The page Being Patriotic paid 1999 rubles for an ad on November 10 that promoted a Trump rally: "Today some massive crowds of libtards marched in NYC against election of Donald Trump". It seems Black Matters was a prolific poster, but then you can find anti-Muslim sentiment spread on the IRA page "Hearts of Texas".
Different ads sought to stir up opposing sides of the same event or issue. This stretches as far back as the summer of 2015 when "Black Matters", a group controlled by Russian trolls, ran an ad about the Charleston church shooting in SC.
In February, special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russians of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, charging several people associated with the Internet Research Agency with running a huge but hidden social media trolling campaign aimed in part at helping Trump defeat Clinton.
"We didn't come to steal your jobs, we came to make a living", one post read in part, "We're not here to murder, rape, and steal; we're here to escape that".More news: Women's Golf In Third After First Day of NCAA Regional
We also included information about whom each ad was meant to target.
The page doesn't appear to have picked up more than a few hundred likes, according to the records released on Thursday. At the time, the event had 248 people interested in attending, and 60 people RSVPed. The BM page, which provided Facebook distribution for the website blackmattersUS.com, advertised a list of anti-Trump meetups, using the #NotMyPresident hashtag.
As tempting as it may be to write these people off, the numbers are a little staggering: 126 million people saw Russian disinformation, per Mark Zuckerberg, the ads just released were seen by 33 million, and 3.7 million people clicked them.
This kind of interference has led some lawmakers to call for greater regulation of tech companies.
The House and Senate Intelligence committees had each been investigating foreign meddling on the social media platform before and during the 2016 presidential election. The company was criticised for not understanding and alerting users and the government about the problem earlier, especially because the ads were purchased in Russian currency. After being fiercely criticized by politicians on both sides of the aisle at last November's tech hearings, Facebook finally owned up to the seriousness of the problem in March, when it announced that it would have political advertisers in the US verify who they were.