Facebook: 126 million saw Russia-linked pages

Facebook, Google, Twitter execs to testify about Russian misinformation campaigns

Decoded: When Facebook says content was "served" to users, it means that content appeared in their feeds, not that the users engaged with the content or even saw it for a meaningful amount of time.

An estimated 126 million Americans, roughly one-third of the nation's population, received Russian-backed content on Facebook during the 2016 campaign, according to prepared testimony the company submitted Monday to the Senate Judiciary Committee and obtained by NBC News. Those posts, after they were liked, shared and commented on, traveled to the news feeds of approximately 126 million people at some point over a two-year period, his testimony states.

Extend's declaration additionally says that Facebook endeavored to alleviate dangers "from on-screen characters with connections to Russia" by revealing them to USA law authorization, including accounts having a place with a gathering the US has connected to Russian military knowledge administrations.

And Silicon Valley companies are expected to remain in the congressional spotlight with more hearings being planned. "And we are determined to do everything we can to address this new threat", he wrote.

Nevertheless, Facebook says in its testimony that the posts from those pages represented "a tiny fraction of the overall content on Facebook".

Stretch's testimony will also provide an account of how Facebook's security operation dealt with foreign interference, fake accounts and hacking in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election, as well as the steps it has announced to increasing ad transparency and advertising authenticity in the future. The company also said it detected and mitigated Russia's spread of hacked information on its platform ahead of the election, which was "aimed at employees of major USA political parties".

Facebook said, all advertisements, no matter whether they are political or not, will be associated with a page as part of the ad creation process.

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