At least one of the video ads that Russian agents bought on social media platform, Facebook specifically addressed Black lives matter and was aimed at Ferguson and Baltimore residents according to a CBS news source. The news report which was released on Monday said that the Facebook ad which is one of 3, 000 other ads propagated by the Russian fronts is believed to have been purchased during the 2016 presidential campaign.
“The apparent goal of the Russian buyers was to amplify political discord and fuel an atmosphere of incivility and chaos,” according to the report.
Earlier this month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the social media platform would disclose ads to Congress that were bought by Russians fronts in a bid to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
Zuckerberg made the brief announcement in a live video update on his Facebook page on Sept. 21. “I care deeply about the democratic process and protecting its integrity,” he said. “I don’t want anyone to use our tools to undermine democracy — that’s not what we stand for.”
It was reported that a lot of ads were placed on the social media platform which had a bearing on the election. Zuckerberg said that they discovered the ads running on the platform and consequently closed down thousands of fake accounts that were set up across the globe on the platform in attempt to influence the presidential campaign.
“I wish I could tell you that we are going to be able to stop all interference. But that just wouldn’t be realistic,” he said. “There will always be bad actors in the world and we can’t prevent all government from interference.”
Facebook is taking nine steps, he said, to protect election integrity moving forward.