Report: Russian-bought Facebook ads after the election sought to divide the country on immigration
Russia and Facebook back in the headlines together again …
USA Today published a review that showed Russian operatives bought and promoted thousands of ads after the 2016 election.
Those ads on the social media platform targeted Hispanics and immigration policy. The review revealed the ads were part of an effort to quote, “inflame racial tensions over controversial immigration-related topics.”
The Hill is reporting that the ads and fake Facebook pages were seen by millions of people. A propaganda expert told USA Today, “Because at the end of the day, the Russians don’t really care what the policy is, they care about the divisiveness that the issue itself engenders.”
Special Counsel Bob Mueller back in February indicted 13 Russians for their role in producing the content.