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02 November 2017

Facebook has said that the Internet Research Agency's content was served to as many as 150 million people on its platforms, including both Facebook and Instagram.

In the flurry of election-related posts to hit your News Feed a year ago, did you happen to scroll past ones that mentioned the "Islamization of Texas" or calls for Texas to secede? "You have to be the ones to do something about it or we will". We are not going to go away, gentlemen.

Colin Stretch, Facebook's general counsel, also revealed at the Senate Intelligence Committee that the 126 million of its USA users exposed to content from Russian accounts did not include Instagram - where an "additional 16 million people" viewed such content since October 2016. Mark Warner, the top-ranking Democrat on the committee, told the lawyers.

In a compelling opening, committee chair Richard Burr (R-N.C.) showed two Facebook groups created by Russians - one called "Heart of Texas" that peddled anti-immigrant messages and one called "United Muslims of America" that promoted Islamic pride. James Risch (R-Idaho) said.

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Facebook's chief financial officer David Wehner warned that 2018 is shaping up to be a "significant investment year" with operating expenses rising 45% to 50% as the Menlo Park, Calif., company increases security spending, as well as spending on the company's push to add more video and to grow its augmented and virtual reality business. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinFeinstein blasts "immoral travesty" after immigration agents detain girl with cerebral palsy Dem mega-donor Steyer runs ads calling on Hoyer to support impeaching Trump Trump's tax plan and the certainty of Democratic resistance MORE (D-Calif.) who sits on both the Senate Judiciary and Intelligence committees.

When pressed in a later exchange, however, Stretch could not say how many people at Facebook are focused primarily on addressing risks posed by state-sponsored operations.

Warner said he found it "disappointing" when Stretch could not answer whether they had.

Despite the bad mojo that's surrounding Facebook right now and its potential role in last year's election, advertisers haven't been put off.

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Facebook will unveil its quarterly earnings report on Wednesday. Burr, a North Carolina Republican, said during Wednesday's hearing.

Russian-linked operatives bought hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of advertisements across Twitter, Facebook and Google, and impersonated Americans online to spread divisive content and fake news to real voters across the country.

Facebook's General Counsel Colin Stretch, left, and Twitter's Acting General Counsel Sean Edgett, enter a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian election activity and technology, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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Here Are the Russia Facebook Ads That Tried to Dupe You