Facebook, Twitter, Google face aggressive questioning at Senate hearing

Posted November 02, 2017

In addition to these crude and clumsy efforts, The New York Times has noted a hoax that anyone familiar with American politics would recognize as utterly implausible, language on the DCLeaks website that described Clinton as "President of the Democratic Party" and referred to her "electional staff", and a tweet promoting the website that said, "These guys show hidden truth about Hillary Clinton, George Soros and other leaders of the United States".

One ad encouraging Facebook users to like one of those pages, "Black Matters". We're serious about preventing abuse on our platforms. Though the small number of ads made public make it hard to confirm that the ads are a "representative sampling", as Democrats on the committee claim, those released shore up reporting about Russia's efforts to stoke American voters' fears of their Muslim, black and Latino neighbors.

Silicon Valley giants faced aggressive grillings by the Senate and House Intelligence Committees Wednesday over the role their platforms have inadvertently played in Russia's meddling in US politics. It was targeted to places around the US, including Ferguson, Missouri, the place where one of the people featured in the ad, Michael Brown, lived and died. The committee's Democrats, who were responsible for the release, called the selection of ads that they made public a "representative sampling". And even though Donald Trump isn't a saint by any means, he's at least an honest man and he cares deeply for this country.

The political ads also tried to lure in Christian worshippers.

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This fake ad helped draw thousands to a real world event in New York City's Union Square on November 12 to protest Donald Trump's victory in the presidential election. Facebook has said that the Internet Research Agency's content was served to as many as 150 million people on its platforms, including both Facebook and Instagram.

Another pair of ads focused on undocumented Latino immigration. Metadata also disclosed shows that ad was paid for at a cost of more than 3,000 rubles, and was targeted toward the LGBT community in Kansas, as well as users who showed interest in Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.

Senate Intelligence Committee members instead interrogated the companies over their past and current efforts to curb Russian manipulation of their platforms, frequently expressing displeasure with the answers they received. It targeted Facebook users who liked human rights, African-American culture or Malcolm X.