House Democrats Release Russian Facebook Ads

Talking Points Memo reports:

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee posted Wednesday a selection of the Facebook ads purchased by Russia-linked accounts as the committee’s hearing on how Russia exploited social media during the 2016 election got under way.

The committee Dems posted screenshots of the ads, as well as some of the the meta data associated with the ads, such as the amount of impressions the ads made and to which demographics the ads were targeted. Examples of Russia-purchased ads on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, were among the ads released.

Some of the ads released Wednesday did not mention presidential candidates by name, but rather weighed in on political issues, be it pushing anti-Muslim or anti-immigrant sentiments, or mimicking the Black Lives Matters or LGBT rights movements.

See many more of the ads here.

  • bkmn
    • Joe in PA

      And those flag-waving “patriots” that voted for him AFTER those same US Intelligence Agencies warned them.

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        Mother russia is lilly white compared to the USA and over there they know how to keep the homos, females and non xstains in line.
        Our home grown theocrtic bigots are envious

  • greenmanTN

    Does the Buff Bernie coloring book come with Dramamine or do you have to buy your own?

  • DreadPikathulhu

    I remember the Facebook ads and those was a big part of me fleeing that platform in disgust and getting most of my coverage of the primaries and election at JMG.

  • bkmn
    • William

      No way is she a virgin.

      • bkmn

        I heard she is into watersports and young girls

  • bkmn

    Ad blockers work good in general but FB seems to be very aggressive in trying to work around ad blockers. I wonder why…

  • AlternativeQuacks

    The Jesus arm-wrestling Satan one was a hoot. But then again, I guess that worked on some people. *sigh*

  • PickyPecker
    • Cuberly Deux

      Wow, that and the clip-art pics…lol…who was stupid enough to fall for that?

      • Gustav2

        Old and twenty something men in rural Ohio.

        • Cuberly Deux

          (sigh)….yep.

        • bkmn

          Don’t you mean methville?

        • Tawreos

          Thankfully I was immune

    • John30013

      keep in mind this is the same Facebook that won’t let drag performers use their drag name on their profile.

      But fake Russian profiles are totes OK.

      • Michael White

        If they paid they could. Silicon valley is all about making money, eg. facebook twitter all selling our information for money. Safe information doesn’t make money that is why so many important sites are hacked.

        • John30013

          My understanding is that they can create a “Page” (basically a business listing) under their drag persona, but they cannot have a “personal” profile under that persona–they must use their legal name.

          • vorpal 😼

            It’s not typically enforced, though, unless they’re reported by multiple people. There are a couple JMG drag queens on Facebook under drag names and they’ve been there for years.

      • vorpal 😼

        That is from Twitter, and not Facebook.

        • John30013

          Thanks for clarifying, although my general point still stands vis-a-vis fake profiles in Facebook.

          • vorpal 😼

            I agree with you: as a mathematician, I’m just very fact-oriented so I wanted to point it out.

            Twitter doesn’t prevent “fake profiles” of any type, so at least they’re consistent, although rife with Russian trolls.

            There’s an awesome tool to determine if an account is a Russian troll account:
            http://makeadverbsgreatagain.us/mlp

          • John30013

            I have a Twitter account but iI rarely use it. Also, my original reply was posted while I was on the elliptical machine at the gym. So I was huffing and puffing and not paying as much attention as I should have. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it! 🙂

            Seriously, though, thanks for the link to the Twitter troll detector. I hope someone makes one for Facebook profiles too.

    • Paula

      Spoken like English is not the poster’s first language! 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔
      Is there a way to take Facebook down?

      • Todd20036

        I deleted my Facebook account. That’s how you take them down

        • m_lp_ql_m

          You just think you deleted your Facebook account.

      • vorpal 😼

        That is not from Facebook: it’s from Twitter.

    • William

      You making very good direction Rosemary.

    • Halou

      Is she a Nigerian Princess with a frozen bank account too?

    • vorpal 😼

      A “peace of shit” government.

    • Gerry Fisher

      “E-mare-gency, E-mare-gency! Everbody in zee streets!”

  • another_steve

    Such a mixed blessing, the internet.

    Me, I thrived before it. And before cell phones.

    You?

    • PickyPecker

      The internet….I like and use daily. Cell phones…never had one and don’t care.

      • another_steve

        I like the internet, PP, because it connects me with wonderful people like you.

        Cell phones… feh on them.

        Nice to have in the car, in the event of an emergency.

    • DreadPikathulhu

      I’ve been looking back in nostalgia at the early 90s. Everything seemed so much better then.

    • Ernest Endevor

      Essential to me. I haz teh mad skillz. And such as.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      I secretly wish it would all implode.

      • PickyPecker

        I’d miss the internet.

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          Very much. But the bad outweighs the good at this point.

          #Election2016

        • Michael White

          I know. I would never have found this site. I come here all day long for the news and thoughtful, funny, and outrageously fabulous comments.

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          Joe could print a paper we all could subscribe to, and a month later he could publish our comments in the next issue lol

          • PickyPecker

            GAH! the way it used to be!!!

      • another_steve

        Sociologists and psychologists will have to sort this out:

        So much information – some true, some false… good or bad?

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          I don’t know, it’s a cold, gloomy day here and I am in a gloomy mood. Everything outside is frozen DEAD.

          • PickyPecker

            Is like that here today as well. Seems like mid-november.

          • another_steve

            I view the cold and winter as nature’s quiet time. A time of regrouping and contemplation.

            A time of promise, for what’s to come.

          • Joe in PA

            Me too. And calm. I like calm.

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            This is my bad time. The next 60 days will be hell for me.
            But after New Years, day lengthening, hope returns.

          • another_steve

            This might not apply to you, RL, but Seasonal Affective Disorder is a real thing. A recognized medical thing. There’s no stigma attached. It’s just a “thing” that happens to some of us.

            More about it here: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20364651

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            Thanks, yes. I have all of the symptoms.
            But, I will get through it. I always do.

    • Rex

      Simple, unspoiled, I was so innocent then.

    • fuzzybits

      We have a cell phone for the same reasons,for an emergency. I think the internet has helped some people connect but for the most part has alienated people from each other.

      • another_steve

        I think the internet has helped some people connect but for the most part has alienated people from each other.

        The internet is what enables the type of terrorism we saw in New York City yesterday.

        Something to think about, that.

    • marshlc

      Living in a small town, with rather niche interests, the internet has been a godsend to me. It’s made it possible for me to actually do something with some of my odd interests, and even make a few bucks.

      And, because I have hearing loss, both the internet and cell phones make communication so much easier for me. Texting, email, social media – all those mean that I can stay in touch with people. If I had to depend on phone calls or face to face I’d be a lot more isolated.

    • Tawreos

      The internet I need, but my cell phone is mostly a clock that I pay a monthly fee for.

      • jerry

        I have an LG phone and account through Tracfone…I only use it when I’m away, mainly to keep up on email, occasionally to call a cab, and pay around $100/year. If I had to do a monthly fee, I’m not sure I’d bother.

    • Tomcat

      I like the internet for research, however I am not stupid enough to believe EVERYTHING on it. I do my research on my research, no pun intended.

      • another_steve

        I’ve learned to be very very careful re what I see on the internet that I actually believe.

        So much maliciousness out there, on the web.

        So much manipulating, solely for the purpose of making money off of us.

    • Tomcat

      Even this site one has to make a decision what is fact and what is fake.

    • robindaybird

      I have high-fuctioning autism and talking by text allows me to sort out and articulate my thoughts better than I could by voice, and as a geeky girl whose military parents had constantly moved it’s been a godsend in finding and keeping actual friends, some I’ve been in correspondence with over well over a decade.

      The internet is a powerful tool, and for all the disinformation campaigns coordinated from bad actors, I believe overall it has done good, but like all things there has to be curation by those who host information to keep out the bad actors, and some caution on the part of the consumer.

      • another_steve

        Love to you, robindaybird.

        As in all things, both good and evil can be found there.

        The good among us find the good therein.

  • SelectFromWhere

    Yes, anyone who joined that LGBT United group (and many other XXXX group United”) should be aware that they are all fake groups managed from Russia, and while many of the posts look innocuous, they were posting subversive anti-Clinton ads last fall. I would recommend leaving the group.

    • William

      Too late. Putin already knows where they live.

    • JW Swift

      Kinda’ unfortunate for the group Citizens United for Separation of Church and State, which is a real, valid organization that’s been doing a lot of good for liberal causes for many years (hint: if you haven’t heard of them, look into it and consider supporting).

  • Cuberly Deux

    anti-immigration bigots are flooding everywhere right now. I’ve been clicking around and wow….

    • PickyPecker

      bots or real, you think?

      • Cuberly Deux

        Don’t know, I’d lean towards bot traffic but….how to tell.

        • PickyPecker

          only through engagement, usually. Language / critical analysis skills only so far with bots and or trolls.

          • Joe in PA

            critical analysis skills ….

            1). Bwahahaha
            2). you mean the bots have a higher skill?

    • The_Wretched

      SHS recited the code word “extreme vetting” 3 times per sentence in today’s daily briefing. That tells the bods the WH is having a ‘code red’ distract intensely.

    • Gustav2

      Because it is easier to troll immigrants than defend Russiagate.

      • Cuberly Deux

        Yep, I really does have a whiff of desperation to change the subject to it all.

  • Rex

    I’m old enough to remember a time when the very hint that Russia would interfere in any way with America would have caused outrage. Now it’s met with a “meh.”

    • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

      Worse than that. Repubs would happily sell us libtards out for the russkies.

      https://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/16/poll-republicans-putin-russia-confidence-241701

    • Cuberly Deux

      There’s a heck of a lot of video of Trump supporters declaring their appreciation that Russia got involved.

      We’re officially living in the Upside/Down.

      • Rex

        Apparently, as long as they get their way, the process be damned. You know they’d be screaming bloody murder if things were turned around.

    • Joe in PA

      My trump-supporting neighbor said “but the Russians are our friends”.

      I kid you not. SMFH.

      But I think what the racist ass meant was “but the Russians are white”. 🙁

      • Todd20036

        He also meant: but the Russians helped republicans

        • Joe in PA

          Yeah, I’m sure he’s thinking that now…but this was back in December…not that much talk about Russian interference at that time.

          • Stephen Elliot Phillips

            I cant say too often that fox news played up the russians for at least two years before the election.
            Murdock/plutocrat….Putin/plutocrat……Kockbros/plutocrats

  • RaygunsGoZap

    Related: Today is created a new FB account for the recruiting portion of my job. And then I deactivated my personal account. If I didn’t find it useful for work, there’d be none of it.

  • coram nobis

    Re: Bernie coloring book. How 1967. Somebody at the Ministry of Propaganda must have found a stash of LSD-25.

    • William

      Why is Buff Bernie doing the Heil salute?

      • Joe in PA

        At first I thought it was Putin. 🙁

      • Karl Dubhe

        Wasn’t that that dapping or dabbing thing?

      • coram nobis

        Maybe something to do with product placement for underarm deodorant?

  • DreadPikathulhu

    I don’t know how we’re ever going to get control of our election process again. It takes far too long, no one is accountable, and dark money flows in at all points in the process. We’ve done this to ourselves.

    • PickyPecker

      Only thing we can really do is go back to paper ballots and hand counting. It friggin WORKS and is simple.
      Sure….we won’t ‘know’ winners/losers within a matter of hours, but who the fuck cares about that aspect?

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Actually, we use paper ballots here in Canada and we usually have the results within 4-6 hours after the polls close. So, it’s not as if it can’t be done.

        • ETownCanuck

          Our “First past the post” process is almost as bad as the electoral college though.

          • Karl Dubhe

            I seem to recall someone saying something about reforming the voting system.

            Then again, Steven used to harp on about reforming the Senate…

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            Yes and no. Yes, it can be less “democratic” in that there is no true majority re: multiple parties, but it still has safeguards which allow for more flexibility. That said, proportional voting would be the more beneficial and accurate method of voting.

        • Joe in PA

          And don’t you have a 6-week campaign period? I can’t imagine.

          • Mark

            Australia has a limited campaign period and it was heaven!!

      • DreadPikathulhu

        Vote-by-mail, paper ballots, and hand counting would go a long way to increase participation and legitimacy, but we also need to tackle advertising. The conversation needs to start now but so far no one is leading the charge. Hopefully the exposure of this material will help.

        • PickyPecker

          agreed on advertising. I’d like to see a voting ‘holiday’ as well….anything we can do to increase participation (gasp, how un-repulican of me!!)

      • Joe in PA

        It would give the network pundits even MORE time to pontificate. Win win. 🙂

      • ChrisInKansas

        I vote in EVERY election – ALWAYS with paper ballots. One time the booths were full and the little old ladies who always man our polling station asked if I wanted to use the “new computer touchscreen machine”. I said no thanks, I’ll wait. They said, “no one has used it all day”. I’ll never use it.

    • The_Wretched

      Hand counted paper ballots with a mail in window of a week would do a lot of good.

      • Tomcat

        Then they would get to the postal service.

    • BearEyes

      Overturn citizens United

      • DreadPikathulhu

        Yeah, that’s a big one. The whole idea that money is speech in destructive to democracy and one person, one vote. While we’re at it we can also look at partisan redistricting and the electoral college.

        • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

          There is an anti-redistricting petition going around Michigan with the hope of putting it on the ballot. I think it stands a very good chance. Snyder is reviled by pretty much everyone now.

      • Joe in PA

        ^^ this ^^^

    • Kirk Linn

      Easy Vote every election EVERYTIME. And make sure at least 10 others do the same. Last election less then Half actually did.

  • Blake J Butler

    The person who created the buff bernie coloring book has issues.

    This is nothing new, trump and bernie bots online were created to stir up shit, fear on the right to vote for trump because of fear of hillary, on the left, fear of hillary, anger at hillary, because some on the left actually believe the nomination was stolen from sanders and that Hillary and the DNC cheated him. So what they did on election day was the goal for democratic support to either stay at home, vote for trump because 4 years of him would have been better for a progressive agenda than 4 years of hillary, or vote for the latte liberal jill stein as a choice between the “lesser of two evils. All connected to mother russia.

    Bots bots everywhere.

    • Gianni

      Absolutely the only bots I like to see are BattleBots!

  • Cuberly Deux

    I have consolidated all of my social media down to the very basic. Disqus and LinkedIn, btw, I HATE LinkedIn. The other day a former co-worker sent me an invite to join yet another networking social media site called Alignable. I declined.

    I know so many people that sign up for any and everything that’s new, and lord knows what exposure it entails.

    • PickyPecker

      I’ve done pretty much the same and cleaned out/up a lot of crap. I turn down almost all invites to join things or ‘see’ things. Tough enough to keep it simple these days, but….gotta try.

      • Cuberly Deux

        I’ll send an email to the person that sent the invite and just tell them, diplomatically, thanks but no thanks. But I’ll also impress upon them that it’s great they thought of me and lets keep in touch. Yeah, keeping in touch may not be in the cards but reaching out is at least something.

        • PickyPecker

          I believe I am one of the last people I know that actually takes the time to shop for a nice card (whatever occasion) and make sure it gets mailed. With a mild interest carried over from days gone by in philately, I even take the time to purchase and use interesting issues.

          • Cuberly Deux

            …and wow, some of the stamp artwork over the past few years has been startlingly great, as in, I want that! I really liked their recent Star Trek editions, they were so minimal but so well done.

          • PickyPecker

            Recently been charmed by the Oscar de la Renta issue. The size AND wow colors of each stamp (all representing fabrics) Nicely done.

          • Cuberly Deux
          • Joe in PA

            I love the stamp “art”. Right now I’m using (don’t laugh) Pickup Trucks. 🙂 Really cool vintage pickups. But there are lots of garden-related stuff as well.

          • Cuberly Deux

            I won’t laugh, I loved that batch. A blast from the past.

          • djcoastermark

            I too like the recent bundles of stamps. I buy the plain old flag ones for mailing my bill payments (yes, I said mailing ) Other stamps like the Harvey Milk ones I save for people who might need enlightening. Other people I send letters, cards etc to, I try to tailor the stamps I use to their personalities. ie, the National park series to nature lovers, bird ones to bird watchers etc. It adds another little personal touch to correspondences.

          • greenmanTN

            Back when I was younger I could do auto-philately.

    • Joe in PA

      Lordy I’ve tried to rid myself of Linkedin…I don’t even know how they found my email address…ugh. Almost everything I can “lock down” on FB I do…and REMOVED my birthday. Why the fuck did I ever include THAT?

      • Cuberly Deux

        I was so overloaded with daily LinkedIn updates it was infuriating, and every time you log on there that HUGE pane towards the top imploring you to send invites to all the people in your contacts list. BLEH!

        I only use it cuz I have some referrals and reviews that I refer back to some times. But yeah, clamping down on the flood of update emails is a must.

  • Rex

    Thanks to the internet, Facebook, Twitter, etc. no one has to think for themselves, use intelligence and rational thinking to form an opinion.
    Now they just hit the “like” button.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
  • Gustav2

    Sen Franken in the committee today:

    “How did Facebook, which prides itself on being able to process billions of data points and instantly transform them into personal connections for its users, somehow not make the connection that electoral ads paid for in rubles were coming from Russia?” an incredulous Franken asked Stretch. “Those are two data points! American political ads, and Russian money, rubles. How could you not connect those two dots?

    When Stretch tried to explain Facebook’s efforts to address the issues, acknowledging that Facebook, “in hindsight, should have had a broader lens,” and that “signals were missed,” Franken immediately shot back: “People are buying ads on your platforms with rubles…You put billions of data points together all the time. You can’t put together rubles with a political ad and go, hmm, those two data points spell out something bad?”

    • Tawreos

      Greed is a hell of a drug. It made an American company sell out its country to pad its bottom line

    • Gianni

      When a wealthy company faces the choice of stopping a possible undermining of National Security issue or more money, the most likely winner will be money.

    • Squicky

      Perhaps the people at Facebook simply thought it wasn’t worth their trouble to investigate.

  • Halou

    Blacktivist ad, metadata:
    “Excluded Connections: Exclude people who like Blacktivist”

    Basically, an ad suggesting the revival of Black Panther militia was targeted at people who are not engaged with the actual Blacktivist cause and who would know what the hell is going on.

    • Halou

      Meanwhile the anti-BLM ad had no excluded connections. It’s target was “People who like being patriotic”.

  • AJD

    I’m sure Glenn Greenwald will say “meh” to all of this, or even defend it.

    • Tread

      I hope Glenn Greenwald is a part of it, so his traitorous ass goes to prison, too.

      • AJD

        He has the luxury of living in Brazil, so he can throw stones at liberals and mainstream media all he wants and not worry about the consequences for the rest of us for his helping put Trump in office.

  • Halou

    Haha, the metadata says these ads were paid of in Rubles. What a joke.

    • Rebecca Gardner

      They were paid for in Rubles.

    • They were paid for with rubes — who stupidly voted for Trump and now regret it.

  • JWC

    It is My firm belief that Trump with the GOP blessings wants to gut the USA then leave it bleeding and flee the counrty

  • Think of it: Someone saw this on Facebook and thought, “Land sakes! I’m gonna vote against that woman cuz I’m on team hunky Jesus!”

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0318d5acf44baaec7268697847048f04c47af344d0f462f6f0d1c5264c3517fa.jpg

    • Tor

      Go SatanHillary! Beat the bejeezuz out of him!

    • I bet Jesus was furry. Guys from the Middle East are not usually smooth, right?

  • Gianni

    How in hell does a Buff Bernie Coloring Book have anything to do with a presidential campaign? How weak must a brain be to even remotely be swayed a tiny bit by such nonsense? Overall, the Russian government and those it employed to do this stuff must still be laughing at so much American gullibility, and with such an important national issue, yet! Frightening!

  • BeaverTales

    LGBT United: probably created by a Russian troll who follows JMG.

    Russia helped create the current division in the Democratic Party, and it will last years before Bernie supporters forgive the Hillary supporters and vice versa.. Perhaps the Russians did the Democrats a favor by getting them to honestly discuss issues that have been papered over for years.

    Hopefully the Democrats will launch a 50 state strategy that wins the Electoral College instead of only the bigwig financiers in a small number of states. Russia was smarter than the DNC in getting out the vote. The DNC is hopefully not too arrogant to learn from their mistakes.