Facebook says 10 million people saw Russia-linked ads (FB)

Facebook revealed on Monday that 10 million of its users saw the roughly 3,000 ads it said were linked to Russia.

Elliot Schrage, the company's VP of policy and communications, said in a blog post that 44% of the ads were seen before the 2016 US presidential election and that 56% were seen after the election. 99% of the ads cost less than $1,000.

"Most of the ads appear to focus on divisive social and political messages across the ideological spectrum, touching on topics from LGBT matters to race issues to immigration to gun rights," Schrage said. "A number of them appear to encourage people to follow Pages on these issues."

On Sunday, Facebook said it would hand over the ads and information about how they were targeted to government investigators responsible for probing Russia's interference with US elections. The company said on Monday that it planned to hire 1,000 more ad reviewers to help keep politically subversive and divisive ads off its platform.

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