Members of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee have released several Kremlin-backed Facebook and Instagram ads that were paid for by Russia.
The ads were released to the public on Wednesday amid the ongoing investigation by the federal government of the Russian hacking and interference of the 2016 Presidential election.
On Tuesday, another Congressional hearing took place, and Facebook, Inc., testified that the Russian ads likely made it to the news feeds of about 126 million people over a two-year period – roughly 40 percent of the U.S. population.
The ads were posted by Russian-linked accounts, which were backed by the pro-Kremlin Internet Research Agency.
One ad was posted by the page “Being Patriotic” and is for an event titled “Down With Hillary!”
One page, “United Muslims of America,” posted about an event, and it associates Hillary Clinton with Muslims. The event was titled: “Support Hillary. Save American Muslims!”
Another ad is from the page “Stop A.I.” and claims that “all face covering should be banned in every state across America.”
A second ad, of several, from that same page says: “Who is behind this mask? A man? A woman? Burqa is a security risk and it should be banned on U.S. soil!”
Another ad is pro-Second Amendment.
One ad was posted by the page “Black Matters” and says: “Join us because we care. Black matters!” It appears that the page had more than 220,000 “likes.”
Another was from the page “Donald Trump America,” and it called for “disqualification and removal” of Hillary Clinton from the Presidential ballot.
Another ad was from the page “Secured Borders” and advertised that “every man should stand for our borders.”
The ads were all labeled as “sponsored.”
There was also a “suggested page,’ which was for the page “Don’t shoot.”
The ad said: “We are not against police, we against police brutality!”
An Instagram ad from “american.veterans” said: “Hillary asks ‘What difference does it make?’ Follow veterans_us if you know the difference.”