Documents in the News/Social Media: House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff Releases 3,000 Ads Used on Facebook by Russia-Based Internet Research Agency
Today, Rep. Adam Schiff, the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement after releasing Kremlin-linked Facebook advertisements used during the 2016 election by the Internet Research Agency:“Last year, the bipartisan leaders of the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia 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 Russia used social media to influence the 2016 election, and to divide us. Today, the Committee’s Minority is fulfilling that promise.
As part of the Committee’s open hearing with social media companies in November 2017, the Minority used a number of advertisements as exhibits, and made others available as part of a small representative sampling. During the hearing, Committee Members noted the breadth of activity by the IRA on Facebook:
- 3,393 advertisements purchased (3,519 advertisements were released today);
- More than 11.4 million American users exposed to those advertisements;
- 470 IRA-created Facebook pages;
- 80,000 pieces of organic content created by those pages; and
- Exposure of organic content to more than 126 million Americans.
The Facebook advertisements we are publishing today have been carefully reviewed by the Committee Minority and redacted by Facebook to protect personally-identifiable information (PII).
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