Facebook: Just three Russian Brexit ads found by inquiry

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While Twitter's response to the British electoral commission has not been made public, a CNN investigation in November found that a small number of Kremlin-linked accounts pushed pro-Brexit spin on the morning of the referendum.

Damian Collins MP called Twitter's response "completely inadequate".

The Electoral Commission reached out to Facebook, Twitter, and Google regarding Russian-paid ads and their relation to Brexit. The company says that just $0.97 (£0.73) was spent on targeting three adverts at people in the UK.

The ads were viewed 200 times by British users over four days in May 2016, the company said.

The globalist financier recently pumped some $18 billion into his so-called "civil society" organisations - a sum which significantly exceeds the Internet Research Agency's 97 cent spend on immigration ads before the Brexit vote - and keeps a list of hundreds of European Parliament members he deems "reliable allies".

The Russian government did, however, try to sow discord in the United Kingdom in 2014 in the wake of the failed Scottish independence referendum, The Scotsman newspaper separately reported Wednesday, citing new research from the Atlantic Council, a US -based think tank. In the EU referendum 52 per cent of people were in favour of leaving the Union and the side won the vote by 1.3 million ballots. "Surely, they could not have made up their own minds based on the available evidence that they had, and I think many - particularly on a sort of more kind of liberal end of the spectrum - have really been pushing this idea that Russian Federation had somehow encouraged the vote for Brexit in a big way; and it clearly doesn't, in my view, stand up to the evidence that we have which points in a very different direction". But this is highly unlikely to be the full extent of Russian activity targetting the vote.

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The company did not respond to enquiries from Sky News about the methodology it used to identify IRA accounts, nor whether the advertising campaigns it notified the Electoral Commission about were the same ones it had identified to the US House Intelligence Committee.

An internal review by Facebook found there was minimal, if any, effort expended by a Russian government-linked firm to influence the outcome of last year's Brexit referendum, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

The details published by Facebook also don't take into account any organic posts and pages of Russian accounts.

The Electoral Commission would not comment on Facebook's findings but said that it had received responses from Facebook, Twitter, and Google to their request for information relating to online misinformation in the United Kingdom, and that "There is further work to be done with these companies in response to our request for details of campaign activity on their platforms funded from outside the UK". Throughout the USA and United Kingdom investigations into misinformation, the position of Facebook has consistently changed to reveal a greater amount of influence than was originally believed to have taken place.

Facebook has not provided the commission with the actual ads that were placed, but the social network told CNN it intends to.

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