thedailybeast.com - 10 days ago
Facebook: We Won’t Reveal If Russia Targeted You
Federal investigators believe Facebook’s servers contain a wealth of hard data that could shed light on the central question of American politics in 2017: Did Donald Trump’s campaign collude with the Russian government?
But Facebook told The Daily Beast on Wednesday that “we aren't well placed to know if something like coordination occurred” between the Trump campaign and Russia. The social media giant then declined to commit to releasing information about Russian government-backed Facebook posts, groups, and paid advertisements to the users who encountered them. That means Facebook users may never know if they were targeted by foreign propaganda campaigns during the 2016 election, or if those campaigns are still filling up their newsfeeds today. Facebook’s comments come one week after the company confirmed it unknowingly sold 3,000 ads to a Russian propaganda farm. Facebook groups emanating from the St. Petersburg-based operation were outed by an investigation in the Russian magazine RBC in March. Facebook said the company is conducting an internal review, but repeatedly declined to say what is being analyzed in the review and if it will ever be made public. The representative cited the multiple inquiries surrounding Trump as a reason preventing the company from elaborating.
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