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That is far higher than the 10 million users Facebook previously estimated.

According to Recode, Facebook found that about 126 million users in the us may have been exposed to posts, stories and other content created by groups linked to the Russian government.

Facebook first informed lawmakers in September that it had identified 470 accounts linked to the Internet Research Agency, and that those accounts spent approximately $100,000 on more than 3,000 ads between June 2015 and August 2017. Their ads will be appended with a "paid for by" disclosure - a requirement that will start in the U.S. and expand to other jurisdictions, Facebook said in a blog post.

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

Facebook gave the details about the reach of Russian posts in written testimony it provided to USA lawmakers, which was seen by Reuters.

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Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 9:30 a.m. ET: Senate Select Intelligence Committee (Chairman Richard M. Burr, R-N.C.) hearing on social-media influence in the 2016 USA elections and what steps they are taking to mitigate foreign interference in the 2018 election cycle and beyond.

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.

Yes, but: Stretch will argue that the reach of the Russian campaign was a relative drop in the bucket compared to the large amount of content posted to Facebook during that period. "This equivalents around four-thousandths of one percent (0.004%) of substance in News Feed, or roughly 1 out of 23,000 bits of substance". They contained 1,108 videos that made up 43 hours of content.

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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