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Intel Committee Ranking Member Schiff Statement on Facebook Advertising Report

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Washington, September 7, 2017 | comments

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement:

“The report by Facebook that Russian entities used paid online advertising targeting American users, with the apparent intention of sowing discord and division during the election is deeply disturbing and yet fully consistent with the unclassified assessment of the intelligence community. As part of the investigation undertaken into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, we are keenly interested in Russia’s use of social media platforms, both the use of bots and trolls to spread disinformation and propaganda, including through the use of paid online advertising.

“The report by Facebook raises additional questions, including whether other platforms were similarly the subject of paid Russian interference, and whether geographic or other targeting reflects any potential coordination with the Trump campaign or other U.S. persons.”



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