Russian-linked Facebook ads targeted Michigan and Wisconsin

CNN reports: A number of Russian-linked Facebook ads specifically targeted Michigan and Wisconsin, two states crucial to Donald Trump’s victory last November, according to four sources with direct knowledge of the situation.

Some of the Russian ads appeared highly sophisticated in their targeting of key demographic groups in areas of the states that turned out to be pivotal, two of the sources said. The ads employed a series of divisive messages aimed at breaking through the clutter of campaign ads online, including promoting anti-Muslim messages, sources said.

It has been unclear until now exactly which regions of the country were targeted by the ads. And while one source said that a large number of ads appeared in areas of the country that were not heavily contested in the elections, some clearly were geared at swaying public opinion in the most heavily contested battlegrounds. [Continue reading…]

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  1. Dieter Heymann says:

    Why are numerous websites still using Facebook as a vehicle for entry and/or publishing comments in the face of the now proven fact that Facebook is an entry gate for crooks and possibly criminals who use your Facebook membership to abuse you? The summit of irony is that several of these websites have published the now known fact that Facebook has no firm control over what goes on inside Facebook.

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