Facebook says 126 mln Americans may have seen Russia-linked political posts

Sen. Lindsey Graham's Judiciary subcommittee will get the first crack at representatives for Facebook Google and Twitter as the social media giants kick off two days of Congressional hearings about Russian influence starting tomorrow

Posts from Russian-upheld Facebook accounts from January 2015 to August 2017, by Facebook's estimation, achieved possibly 50% of the 250 million Americans who are qualified to vote.

Facebook will be one of the platforms where you'll be able to hear the company's top lawyer get questioned by US lawmakers about the social giant's role with respect to Russian interference in the 2016 USA election.

But the accounts also shared free posts as well, which had far greater reach.

The company will start the test in Canada in November and roll it out in the U.S.by next summer, ahead of the USA midterm elections in November, he said, adding that the measures will take effect in all other countries around the same time.

Facebook, Alphabet's Google and Twitter have come under fire from U.S. lawmakers for not recognising and responding to Russian efforts to sow discord during the election.

The mutual substance that Facebook gauges achieved 126 million Americans was likely hard, if certainly feasible, for clients of the online networking stage to distinguish as beginning from Russian Federation.

Still, the Post noted, that number is relatively small compared with the total number of posts Facebook users see in their news feeds.

"Our best gauge is that roughly 126 million individuals may have been served one of their stories sooner or later amid the two-year time frame", Stretch says in arranged declaration.

"This equals about four-thousandths of one percent (0.004%) of content in News Feed, or approximately 1 out of 23,000 pieces of content", Stretch writes.

Twitter Inc separately has found 2,752 accounts linked to Russian operatives, a source familiar with the company's written testimony said.

Google later revealed that accounts connected to the Russian government had bought $4,700 worth of search and display ads, and that accounts with Russian internet addresses or using Russian currency purchased another $53,000 worth of ads.

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