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All 3,519 Facebook ads Russia used to troll the U.S. election

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Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee released every single Russian-sponsored Facebook ad used to troll the 2016 U.S. election, totaling more than 3,000, from 2015 to late 2017 on Thursday.

The ads, which were promoted during the run up to Election Day, were a coordinated attempt by Russia’s Internet Research Agency to sew division among Americans on Facebook. It led Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify in front of Congress last month, and contributed to Facebook changing how they approach “fake news” and ads on the site.

The House Democrats broke down the ads into nine categories, according to CNET: events, African-American focused, immigration, the Second Amendment, heart of Texas, LGBT, Muslims, veterans, and candidates. The reports detail how much each post costs and how many people viewed it.

Altogether, Russian trolls reportedly spent around $100,000 on the ads, not including the 126 million Americans who saw 80,000 organic posts, according to Facebook. In April, the company announced that it deleted 70 Russian Facebook accounts and 138 pages.

You can download the entire trove of ads here.

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