it seems putin was organizing nazi rallies in pindostan all through the election period, telepathically

Facebook says some Russian ads during election promoted live events
Dustin Volz, David Ingram, Reuters, Sep 12 2017

FASCHINGSTEIN/SF – Some of the ads bought by Russians on Facebook last year promoted events during the presidential campaign, Facebook Inc said on Tuesday, indicating that alleged meddling ahead of the 2016 election went beyond social media. Facebook said in a statement that its takedown of what the company last week called Russian-affiliated pages included shutting down “several promoted events.” Facebook declined to provide details of the promoted events. Facebook said last week that an operation likely based in Russia had placed thousands of pindo ads with polarizing views on topics such as immigration, race and gay rights on the site during a two-year period through May 2017. Sen Mark Warner on Tuesday said he was “disappointed” in Facebook for failing to present the latest information during a briefing last week with staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating allegations of election interference. Warner, the committee’s vice chairman, told reporters:

We’re seeing more evidence of additional ads and how they are used to manipulate individuals.

Facebook said it will continue working with authorities as necessary. The Daily Beast, the news website that first reported on the promoted events posted on Facebook, said one advertisement promoted an anti-immigrant rally in Idaho in Aug 2016. The rally was hosted by a Facebook group called “Secured Borders,” which was a Russian front and is now suspended, according to the Daily Beast. Some 48 people on Facebook expressed an interest in the Idaho event and four said they went, according to a copy of the event page archived by Google’s search engine. The Campaign Legal Center, a Faschingstein QUANGO that advocates for more transparency in elections, on Tuesday sent a letter to Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg asking that the company publicly release the content of the alleged Russia-linked political ads. Trevor Potter, the QUANGO’s president, spasmed:

Releasing those advertisements could allow the country to better understand the nature and extent of foreign interference with our democracy!

Facebook ejaculated in response to the letter:

Federal law and ongoing investigations limit what we can share publicly!

Finally, a source has filled our breathless ears with the news that Facebook has turned over information about the ads to Robert Mueller!

Facebook Believes That $50k Changed The Election; Sen Warner Agrees
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Sep 12 2017

Last week we jokingly wrote about a Facebook press release that was apparently an honest effort by the social media giant intended to summarize Russian efforts to undermine the 2016 election using their social media platform. That said, at least to us, it seemed as though Facebook unwittingly proved what a farce the entire ‘Russian collusion’ narrative has become as, after digging through advertising data for the better part of full year, Facebook reported that they found a ‘staggering’ $50k worth of ad buys that ‘may’ have been purchased by Russian-linked accounts to run ‘potentially politically related’ ads. Now, just in case it isn’t crystal clear why the above statement is so ridiculous, please allow us to demonstrate with one simple chart. This is how the $59k worth of ‘Russian’ ad buys on Facebook compares to the $1.2b that Hillary spent on her campaign. Please note, this is not a mistake.. The $50k literally isn’t even big enough to show up on the chart.

2017.09.12 - FaceBook

All of which means that one of the following three things is true:

  1. Facebook delivers the greatest ROIC to advertisers in the history of mankind,
  2. Hillary is the worst allocator of capital ever, or
  3. This whole narrative is just beyond dumb.

Of course, despite this relatively simplistic explanation of why Facebook went ‘full retard’ in their attempt to prove that Russians used their website to throw a presidential election, Democrats in Congress apparently don’t get the joke.  As The Hill pointed out earlier today, Senate Demagogs on the Intelligence Committee are inexplicably using the new Facebook advertising ‘revelations’ from last week to demand a public hearing with a handful of social media giants including Facebook and Twitter. The top critturs on the Senate Intelligence Committee have both signaled interest in having officials from Facebook and Twitter testify about Russian interference on their platforms during the 2016 presidential election. Warner has been pushing for the companies’ officials to testify before the Senate panel, and on Tuesday he weighed in on a report that Russian agents used Facebook to promote protests in Pindostan, including an anti-immigrant protest in Aug 2016 during the campaign. Facebook shared some details with Warner last week regarding Russia’s election interference. Warner said the company did not reveal to him that Russian actors had created Facebook event pages for anti-immigration and anti-Muslim rallies, which the Daily Beast reported Tuesday. Warner told reporters:

I’m disappointed that Facebook didn’t come forward with this information about the Russians pushing people to anti-immigration rallies. That somehow that was something they didn’t think was relevant, which is again why I think this is the tip of the iceberg. There’s going to be, I think, much more. I question whether Facebook has put near the resources they need into getting us all the facts.

Warner said that he has been frustrated by Facebook’s limited disclosures on Kremlin-connected groups using the platform to influence pindo politics, noting that the company has only revealed a single “troll farm” involved, the Internet Research Group. All that from The Hill. Meanwhile, Reuters may have just stumbled upon the key piece of evidence proving that the Russians managed to change the course of pindo history with just $50k in ad buys. Apparently, one series of ads was so effective that it managed to attract the “interest” of 48 people on Facebook to an “anti-immigrant” rally in Idaho, and four of them even said they went. That’s 4 people, not 4,000 or 400,000, just 4.

The Daily Beast, the news website that first reported on the promoted events posted on Facebook, said one advertisement promoted an anti-immigrant rally in Idaho in Aug 2016. The rally was hosted by a Facebook group called “Secured Borders,” which was a Russian front and is now suspended, according to the Daily Beast. Some 48 people on Facebook expressed an interest in the Idaho event and four said they went, according to a copy of the event page archived by Google’s search engine.

For the record, Idaho hasn’t been a contended state since Lyndon Johnson won it for Demagogs in 1964. So there you have it: $50k in Russian ad buys on Facebook convinced four people to attend and anti-immigrant rally in Idaho, and that changed the course of pindo history forever. In other news – yes, this is real life.

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