Facebook: Sources Likely in Russia Bought Ads During US Campaign
Facebook says an operation likely based in Russia spent $100,000 to buy advertisements promoting political and social issues in the United States.
The company said about 3,000 ads were bought by people operating nearly 500 fake Facebook accounts. The ads ran between June 2015 and May 2017, within the period of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.
In a blog post, Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos said most of the ads did not specifically name the U.S. election or any candidates. Rather, they appeared aimed at "amplifying divisive social and political messages" on a range of major issues. These included LGBT rights, race relations and gun control.
A Facebook investigation found the fake accounts were related to each other and "likely operated out of Russia." The company said it does not allow "inauthentic" accounts and all were removed.
Facebook also said it had identified another 2,200 ads bought for about $50,000 that "might have originated in Russia." These included ads bought by accounts with IP addresses in the U.S. that were set to the Russian language.
Facebook said the behavior shown in the ad buys is similar to methods used by what it calls "false amplifiers" who operated during the 2016 campaign. Methods included the posting of fake stories on social media to misinform and confuse the public.
Earlier this year, Facebook announced several new policies intended to prevent users from spreading misinformation and fake news.
The company said it is continuing to investigate possible ways Russian sources may have used its service as a way to influence the 2016 election. It added that it is cooperating with a federal investigation into the issue led by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Mueller's investigation is also looking into any possible contacts between then-candidate Donald Trump's presidential campaign team and Russian officials.
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1.social issues 社会问题
In this perspective, social issues support business goals.
2.presidential campaign 总统选举
She handled travel arrangements for the press corps during the presidential campaign.
3.fake accounts 虚假账号
However, getting the fake accounts closed was no trivial matter.
4.campaign team 竞选团队
His campaign team have assiduously courted the media.
1.Mueller's investigation is also looking into any possible contacts between then-candidate Donald Trump's presidential campaign team and Russian officials.
looking into 调查
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2.Rather, they appeared aimed at "amplifying divisive social and political messages" on a range of major issues.
a range of 一系列的
The slim booklets describe a range of services and facilities.
The two men discussed a range of issues.
脸书还指出，有人用500多个虚假账号购买了近3000条广告 。这些广告的运营时间为2015年6月至2017年5月，包括2016年美国总统大选期间 。
脸书公司首席安全官亚历克斯·斯塔莫斯（Alex Stamos）在一篇博客中表示，大多数广告都没有特意提及美国大选或候选人 。而是更专注于“扩大社会和政治观点分裂”等重大问题 。其中包括同性恋权益、种族关系和控枪等问题 。
脸书的调查发现，这些假账号相互关联并且“可能受俄罗斯某公司控制” 。脸书公司还表示， 他们不允许任何“假账号”的存在，所有假账号都已注销 。
脸书公司还发现了2200份价值约5万美元的广告“可能与俄罗斯有关” 。虽然购买这些广告的IP地址位于美国，但语言设置为俄语 。
脸书公司指出，购买广告的行为与2016年大选期间出现的“虚假放大器”如出一辙 。他们通过在社交媒体上发布虚假报道，误导公众 。
脸书方面还强调，他们会继续调查俄罗斯可能利用其服务影响美国大选一事 。它还补充说，他们会配合联邦特殊检察官罗伯特·穆勒（Robert Mueller）进行这项调查 。