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Congress releases Russia-linked Facebook ads

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Posted at 10:36 PM, Nov 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-01 22:36:51-04

A trove of Facebook ads made public by Congress depicts Russia's extraordinary cyber intrusion into American life in 2016.

The ads, seen by vast numbers of people, were aimed at upending the nation's democratic debate and fomenting discord over such disparate issues as immigration, gun control and politics.

The few dozen ads are a small sampling of the roughly 3,000 Russian-connected ones that Facebook has identified and turned over to Congress.

They were released Wednesday amid two consecutive days of tough and sometimes caustic questioning by House and Senate lawmakers about why social media giants hadn't done more to combat Russian interference on their sites.

U.S. intelligence services say the Russian use of social media was part of a broad effort to sway the 2016 presidential election in favor of Donald Trump.