15 Russian Facebook Advertisements Revealed to Public

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A two-week investigation into the Russian Facebook hacking scandal by Policulous.com revealed 15 Russian-placed Facebook advertisements. The publication has made the ads available to be seen by the public for the first time.

Policulous.com has published 15 Facebook advertisements taken out by Russian hackers shortly before and after the November 2016 election. The advertisements have never before been seen by the public, and provide insight into the 3,000+ ads that Facebook acknowledges were created and paid for by a Russian troll farm and seen by over 10 million Americans.

The 15 advertisements originate from the Facebook account of Blue Crest Riding Farm, a small horse farm in New Jersey whose owners died in Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and whose Facebook account came back to life shortly before the 2016 presidential election. The advertisements have three central themes: they defamed Clinton, tied immigrants to violence, and also tied immigrants to election fraud.

The investigation revealed that most of the advertisements targeted young men, and closely mimicked President Trump's talking points month by month after the election. The advertisements were also designed to stay under the radar. Each ad never ran for more than 2 days at a time, and they alternate between linking to fake news and real new.

The actual Facebook advertisements, as we all as a timeline and history of the account, can be seen at https://policulous.com/russian-facebook-ads.

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