October 20, 2017 Bill Still

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The Truth About Those Facebook Ads

hree weeks ago it was breaking news – a Russian firm had advertised on Facebook in support of candidate Trump and in opposition to Hillary Clinton. Then, last Friday, President Trump – always ahead of the information game – tweeted: [insert tweet] “The Russia hoax continues, now its ads on Facebook. What about the totally biased and dishonest Media coverage in favor of Crooked Hillary?” It, of course, garnered over 28 thousand shares. The President was probably reacting to this from a Facebook investigation: “… in reviewing the ad buys, we have found approximately $100,000 in ad spending from June 2015 to May 2017-associated with roughly 3000 ads-it was connected to about 470 inauthentic accounts and Pages in violation of our policies. Our analysis suggests these accounts and Pages were affiliated with one another and likely operated out of Russia.””We don’t allow inauthentic accounts on Facebook, and as a result, we have sense shut down the accounts and pages we identified that were still active.””The vast majority of ads run by these accounts didn’t specifically reference the US presidential election, voting or a particular candidate.””Rather, the ads and accounts appear to focus on amplifying divisive social and political messages across the ideological spectrum-touching on topics from LGBT matters to race issues to immigration to gun rights.” Late Monday afternoon, the Washington Post issued the following report:”… the batch of more than 3000 Russian-bought ads that Facebook is preparing to turn over the Congress shows a deep understanding of social divides in American society, with some ads promoting African American rights groups, including black lives matter….” “Other ads highlighted support for Democrat Hillary Clinton among Muslim women.” According to yesterday’s Reality Reader, “The Russian collusion narrative concocted by Hillary Clinton and supporters as an explanation for her election loss is one of the most glaringly hypocritical aspects of a still reeling Democrat party who’s leadership is already known for endless double standards and deflections. “Even ignoring Clinton’s many bribes from foreign leaders for political favors, and the many conflicts of interest arising from lobbying by close aides like John Podesta.