Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch told the committee that 16 million Americans may have been exposed to Russian information on its picture-sharing service Instagram beginning in October 2016.
Those posts came from 120 fake, Russia-backed Facebook pages, that through likes, shares, and follows reached 126 million people, or half of all eligible American voters.
Neither Facebook, Google, nor Twitter executives were able to tell congressional investigators on Tuesday how much money they made from ads that appeared alongside Russian propaganda. Verto also reported that Instagram added more than 15 million more users, based on Verto App Watch data on USA adults age 18 and older, marking an 11.6% increase from June to September.
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Facebook now has 2.07 billion monthly users and 1.37 billion people who use the platform every day, according to its earnings report.
Sen. Richard Burr, a Republican who chairs the committee, went so far as to suggest Congress could supply the companies with "anti-trust waivers" to allow them to collaborate in confronting foreign meddling. We're serious about preventing abuse on our platforms. "You have to be the ones to do something about it or we will".
Lawyers for all three companies stressed that they did take the problem seriously and outlined some of the steps they have been taking to improve their checks on bad actors. Like most of the Facebook ads, this one targeted those aged 18-65, and those who had liked the BlackMattersUS page - now known to be fake - and friends of those who had.
Facebook's Russian Federation problem isn't affecting the company's business. It is not clear how numerous 150 million people who were served that content actually saw it.
In perhaps the most notable moment of the Senate hearing, Burr highlighted an instance in which two ads created by Russian trolls - one by an account called "Heart of Texas", another by an account called "United Muslims of America" - promoted two opposing events at the same location on the same date in Texas.