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Altogether, the Russian trolls spent up to $100,000 on all the ads.

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When buying ads for the pages Black Matters and Don't Shoot, the troll farm exclusively targeted four American cities: Baltimore, Cleveland, St. Louis, and Ferguson, Missouri.

In response to the data dump, Facebook stated on Thursday: "We gave these ads to Congress so they could better understand the extent of Russian interference in the last United States presidential election".

"They sought to harness Americans' very real frustrations and anger over sensitive political matters in order to influence American thinking, voting and behavior", said Rep. Adam Schiff, the committee's top Democrat, in a statement.

In addition, the political ads were often dressed up in provocative memes to draw support from their intended audience.

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Aimed at Facebook users in Florida and other states, it's just one example of thousands of ads linked to Russian Federation that sought to stoke racial and political animosity in the US ahead of the presidential election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

The ads are divided up by the month and year in which they were bought. Facebook and federal investigators claim a Russian company called the Internet Research Agency hired hundreds of employees to run the fake social media accounts.

On Thursday, Democrats from the House Intelligence Committee released several-thousand ads that had been run on Facebook as part of Russia's efforts to interfere in USA politics from mid-2015 through August of previous year. And we were too slow to spot this type of information operations interference.

According to the committee, there were 3,393 advertisements purchased, which were seen by more than 11.4 million Americans.

The majority of the ads target politically divisive issues like gun control, race relations and immigration.

Nevertheless, the tech giant warned that bad actors will continue looking for way to spread misinformation over Facebook. "This will never be a solved problem because we're up against determined, creative and well-funded adversaries".


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