Facebook: Ads were sold to fake accounts linked to Russian Federation

Rogue ad campaign fits the Kremlin's propaganda methods

Facebook says it has shared these findings with US investigators.

The social media network said that numerous adverts promoted 470 fake accounts and pages, spreading social and political messages.

The ad spending was from June of 2015 to May of 2017 and associated with roughly 3,000 ads.

Facebook on September 6 revealed the findings in a blog post by its chief security officer and said it was cooperating with federal investigators.

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The tech firm shut down these accounts and pages and have shared its findings with USA authorities.

Facebook came clean as congressional investigators and special counsel Robert Mueller are probing Russian meddling in the USA election and whether there was collusion with the Trump campaign.

The ad sales were found as part of an internal investigation, the Post reports. However, the ads focused on "divisive social and political messages" about hot-button topics including LGBT rights, race issues, immigration and gun rights.

Stamos says the 470 fake accounts and pages didn't specifically reference the election, a candidate or voting. In July, Facebook told WIRED it had found no indication of Russian entities buying entities during the election.

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Facebook was widely criticized in the wake of the election for its role in the proliferation of so-called fake news, which many believed help Donald Trump win the election.

"[We] looked for ads that might have originated in Russian Federation, even those with very weak signals of a connection and not associated with any known organized effort".

A Facebook official told the paper that "there is evidence that some of the accounts are linked to a troll farm in St. Petersburg, referred to as the Internet Research Agency, though we have no way to independently confirm".

"We know we need to remain watchful to keep in front of individuals who attempt to abuse our stage", Mr Stamos composed.

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Earlier this year, Facebook announced technology improvements to detect fake accounts and more recently announced it would no longer allow Facebook pages to advertise if they have a pattern of sharing false news stories.

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