Facebook was paid by Russia for Fake News!


All these days, the US media accused Russia of influencing US 2016 Polls with various marketing gimmicks. Now the news is out that the leader of Russian Federation paid Mark Zuckerberg’s company Facebook a sum of $100,000 for circulating fake news during the US polls. The idea was to polarize the views of America populace on issues such as immigration, race, gay rights and gun rights.

Facebook officially admitted to this fact on the late night of Wednesday and also disclosed that the payment was received from a Russian Troll Factory which publicizes comments on social media.

Zuckerberg was one of the few first persons to call on Trump to keep DACA in place along with the visa rule implemented by Obama rule. But Trump never paid heed to such suggestions and did what he thought was best for American Populace.

During a probe initiated by Obama in January 2017, FBI and CIA jointly submitted a report in which it was clearly mentioned that Russians meddled with the US 2016 Polls by circulating fake news on Facebook.

In one of his closing speeches, Obama mentioned that Mrs. Clinton lost the elections due to some news resources circulating negative propaganda on her future political ambitions.

Facebook on Wednesday admitted that it received payment of $100,000 through 3k ads brought by 470 inauthentic accounts and pages.

Zuckerberg confirmed that his company’s probe discovered that the inauthentic accounts were likely from Russia and were managed by state funded actors to offer divisive social and political messages across the ideological spectrum.

On the other hand, Ad market specialty firm Borrell Associates indicated that more than $1.4 billion was spent on online advertising for spending on local, state and national political campaigns during the 2016 election cycle in the US. The firm also confirmed that Russians used the services of Google search engine and news to plant fake stories which eventually influenced the US Presidential Election of 2016.

Facebook has declared that it is going to share its probe details with the law enforcement authorities of United States and will offer full support to them if they decided to initiate a further inquiry.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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