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Facebook says Russian-linked accounts spent just 97 cents on ads over Brexit

Facebook says Russian-linked accounts spent just 97 cents on ads over Brexit
From Reuters - December 13, 2017

LONDON (Reuters) - Russian-based operatives placed three adverts on Facebook in the run-up to Britains 2016 referendum on EU membership, spending just 97 cents to raise the issue of immigration, the social media platform said on Wednesday.

Some British lawmakers have called for an inquiry into whether Russia meddled in Britains vote to leave the EU after social media platforms said Russian operatives sought to interfere in the U.S. election of Donald Trump.

Russia denies meddling in Brexit or the U.S. election.

Facebook sent its findings to the Electoral Commission which is examining how digital campaigning is affecting politics in Britain, including activity funded from outside the country.

Facebook said it had examined whether any account profiles or pages linked to the Internet Research Agency (IRA) had funded ads during the Brexit vote. The IRA is a Russian organization that according to researchers employs hundreds of people to push pro-Kremlin content on social media.

We have determined that these accounts associated with the IRA spent a small amount of money ($0.97) on advertisements that delivered to UK audiences during that time, Facebook said.

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