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Facebook, Twitter Testimony Shows Widespread Russian Meddling

  • Remarks detail pro-Kremlin Internet Research Agency’s reach
  • Google says 18 YouTube channels were related to same group
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Facebook Tries to Get a Handle on Fake News

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Technology giants Facebook Inc., Google and Twitter Inc. will give a Congressional panel more details about the reach of Russian ads and posts in the U.S. in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election, according to testimony obtained by Bloomberg.

At a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing Tuesday, Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch plans to say that 29 million people were directly served content from accounts backed by the Internet Research Agency, a pro-Kremlin Russian group. After those posts were liked, shared and commented on via Facebook’s social network, they landed in the News Feeds of about 126 million people at some point over a two-year period, the testimony shows. That’s equivalent to about 40 percent of the U.S. population.