Facebook Gave Mueller More Details on Russia Than Congress

Facebook Gave Mueller More Details on Russia Than Congress

Lindsey Duncan
September 18, 2017

Facebook didn't share that data with Congress partly amid concerns it might disrupt the Mueller probe and due to USA privacy laws, the people said, according to the report.

In the blog post, Stamos said: "In reviewing the ad buys, we have found approximately $100,000 in ad spending from June of 2015 to May of 2017 - associated with roughly 3,000 ads-that was connected to about 470 inauthentic accounts and Pages in violation of our policies". The company also discovered about 500 likely fraudulent accounts that had been used to disseminate pro-Russian propaganda.

The Facebook analysis suggests these accounts and Pages were affiliated with one another and likely operated out of Russian Federation.

Along with the videos themselves, Facebook reportedly handed over more details about the accounts that bought the ads and the criteria they used to target Facebook users.

Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti says reports that special counsel Robert Mueller got a search warrant for Facebook content could be "the biggest news" related to Mueller's investigation since a raid on Paul Manafort's home.

Facebook is launching the program in Canada as internet companies seek to fend off criticism they are not doing enough to thwart online interference with elections and politics.

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Some lawmakers were unhappy with the lack of information divulged by Facebook. Sen.

Reports of the warrant, that might come as bad news those who have denied the Russian election interference or have called it a "witch hunt" also focus on probing the targeted ads these accounts purchased during the 2016 election.

According to Asha Rangappa, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence agent and an associate dean at Yale Law School, "This is big news - and potentially bad news for the Russian election interference 'deniers'". "To justify forcing FB to give up the info".

The information is relevant to Mueller as investigators try to understand whether there were any links between Russia's activity and President Donald Trump's election campaign.

The implications for Trump campaign staffers are not good, given that the targeted ads bought by foreign interests were geographically targeted to very specific regions where polling showed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was vulnerable.

"We have shared our findings with USA authorities investigating these issues, and we will continue to work with them as necessary", Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos said in a post last week.