120K Instagram posts by Russian election attackers reached 20M Americans


Facebook detailed the extent of Russia’s election interference campaign on Instagram today during its congressional hearing. Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch said that 120,000 posts by Russian election attackers reached 16 million Americans from October through the election, and the posts reached an additional 4 million Americans prior to October. That’s on top of the 126 million Americans reached by Russian election propaganda on Facebook.

Stretch admitted that Facebook’s data from before October is less complete. And Stretch, Twitter general counsel Sean Edgett, and Google’s director of law enforcement and information security Richard Salgado all agreed that their investigations are ongoing so they can’t be sure they’ve identified all active measures of disinformation implemented by the Russians.

We’ll have more details soon.

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