WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fb Inc (FB.O) stated on Monday that Russia-based mostly operatives revealed about eighty,000 posts on the social community over a two yr interval in an effort to sway U.S. politics, and that about 126 million People might have seen the posts throughout that point.
Fb gave the small print concerning the attain of Russian posts in written testimony the corporate offered to U.S. lawmakers which was seen by Reuters.
Executives from Fb, Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) and Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google are scheduled to seem earlier than three congressional committees this week on alleged Russian makes an attempt to unfold misinformation within the months earlier than and after the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
The Russian authorities has denied any makes an attempt to sway the election, during which President Donald Trump, a Republican, defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Fb Basic Counsel Colin Stretch stated within the written testimony that the eighty,000 posts from Russia’s Web Analysis Company have been a tiny fraction of content material on Fb, equal to 1 out of 23,000 posts.
The posts although violated Fb’s phrases of service and any quantity of such exercise utilizing pretend accounts is an excessive amount of, Stretch wrote.
“These actions run counter to Fb’s mission of constructing group and the whole lot we stand for. And we’re decided to do every thing we will to deal with this new menace,” he wrote.
The eighty,000 posts have been revealed between June 2015 and August 2017 and most of them targeted on divisive social and political messages similar to race relations and gun rights, Fb stated.
Reporting by David Ingram in Washington