Russia posts ‘reached’ 126m Facebook users

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Facebook has said as many as 126 million users in America may have seen the content uploaded by Russia-based agents in the last two years.

The social networking site, said that around 80,000 jobs were produced before and after the presidential elections of 2016.

Most of the jobs are focused on divisive social and political messages

Facebook released the figures ahead of a hearing in the Senate, where – along with Twitter and Google will show in detail Russia’s impact on the popular sites.

Russia has repeatedly denied accusations that he tried to influence the last us presidential election, in which Donald Trump to beat Hillary Clinton.

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The latest figures released by Facebook have been seen by the news agency Reuters and the Washington Post newspaper.

The 80,000 posts were published between June 2015 and August 2017.

Facebook said that were published by a Russian company linked to the Kremlin.

“These actions go against Facebook’s mission of building community and all that we represent,” wrote Facebook’s general counsel Colin Stretch, Reuters reports.

“And we are determined to do everything that we can to confront this new threat.”

On Monday, Google also revealed that the Russian trolls uploaded more than 1,000 videos on YouTube on 18 different channels, according to the Washington Post.

Meanwhile, Twitter met and the suspension of all 2,752 accounts that had been tracked to Russia-based Internet Research Agency, a source familiar with the company’s written testimony, was quoted as saying by the Reuters news agency. Receiving little attention

Dave Lee, BBC technology reporter, San Francisco

It is quite amazing how this problem, fired just over a year ago by Mark Zuckerberg as “crazy” talk, has exploited in a situation of crisis in the world’s largest social network.

Apparently not learning from that mistake, we understand that the thrust of Facebook’s message to various committees of the government this week is going to be only one of 23,000 or so that the messages shared on the network were of the Russians.

This should not be surprising to Facebook if such a declaration – an engineer’s defense, you could say – it gets little attention from a panel already dissatisfied with some of what you hear from the companies until the time.

You won’t see Mark Zuckerberg, ceo of Twitter, Jack Dorsey or Google’s executives to answer the questions of this week. That job will be left to their lawyers.

I wonder how much time the technology is large and powerful can get away with not personally stand for the companies that built them.

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