Facebook confirms Russia ads on Instagram - BBC News

Facebook confirms Russia ads on Instagram – BBC News

Facebook has confirmed that around 5% of the adverts it has identified as having been bought by Russia around the time of the US presidential election also appeared on Instagram.The firm has handed over around 3,000 ads to investigators working for the US Congress.It said the subject of the ads included immigration issues, gun rights and LGBT topics.They focused on ”divisive social and political messages”, it said.In a blog post, Elliot Schrage, vice-president of policy and communications, wrote that he believed around 10 million people would have seen some of the adverts, but that 25% of them would not have been seen by anybody.Virtually all (99%) were bought for less than $1,000 (£760) each, with half of those costing less than $3.However around $6,700 was spent on the adverts which appeared on Instagram

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