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This is as bad as it gets, I mean in all seriousness, why would a very mysterious and obscure company in Russia buy Facebook ads to influence another country’s Presidential election?
The news is finally out. After denial by many political figures in the US that Russia did not influence the US elections or even buy ads targeted at US voters, Facebook has released information that a Russian Company bought Political ads on the giant social network in the heat of the 2016 Presidential election. The strange and mysterious Russian company sought to manipulate American voters and divide them on issues like Gun rights, abortion, Gay marriage and also racial equality.
This shows the sophistication of the yet un-named Russian Company since the very issues it chose to influence and divide the electorate are the very issues that starkly divide Republicans from Democrats.
Facebook told congressional investigators that it has discovered it sold ads during the U.S. presidential election to a shadowy Russian company seeking to target voters, the Washington Post reports.
“A small portion of the ads, which began in the summer of 2015, directly named Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, the people said. Most of the ads focused on pumping politically divisive issues such as gun rights and immigration fears, as well as gay rights and racial discrimination.”
In July, a Facebook spokesperson told CNN that “We have seen no evidence that Russian actors bought ads on Facebook in connection with the election.”
Judging by this statement from Facebook, it can be assumed that either Facebook was hoodwinked by the Russian Company that bought the political ads, or the Social media giant was simply in denial about Russia being able to influence a US election. Even many Republicans are still in denial that there was no Russian meddling in the 2016 Presidential election but the information coming out each day points towards Russian interference.
If Americans don’t find it strange that a shadowy, mysterious Russian company bought Facebook Ads in 2016 directly targeting the 2016 Presidential election, then they are living in denial. He question is, why would another country interfere in another’s Democratic Process?
Why would the Russians undermine Hillary Clinton and directly work to get Donald Trump elected?
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Vladmir Putin’s answer when asked if Russians interfered in the US Presidential election was that it was obvious. “Hacking the US Presidential election is so easy even a three year old could do it,” he told Megyn Kelly. Then he added defensively that any hacking and interference that happened in the 2016 election had nothing to do with the Russian government. Putin explain that the hackers were “patriotic Russians” working on their own initiative!