How to watch Facebook, Google, and Twitter get grilled by Congress again

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In the second of three hearings this week on Russian's online information operation, members of the Senate intelligence committee challenged Facebook, Google and Twitter in strikingly direct terms that, at times, seemed to carry the implicit threat of legislation that could reign in the nation's wildly profitable technology industry.

The release included details on ad placements and spending.

Facebook, in a series of disclosures over two months, has said that people in Russian Federation bought at least 3,000 USA political ads and published another 80,000 Facebook posts that were seen by as many as 126 million Americans over two years.

Facebook will unveil its quarterly earnings report on Wednesday.

However, they will not endorse the Honest Ads Act. Burr, a North Carolina Republican, said during Wednesday's hearing. He cited independent research that has estimated around 15 percent of Twitter accounts or fake or automated. The ad made about 4,800 impressions, a metric Facebook uses to gauge how many people may have seen the ad. It is not clear how many of those 150 million people actually saw the content, however. The ad was paid for in Russian rubles, and cost about $240 based on the current exchange rate.

Muslims. Undocumented immigrants. Black Lives Matter activists. The ad featured pictures of African-American people shot by police, and contained the message, "Join us because we care". Verto also reported that Instagram added more than 15 million more users, based on Verto App Watch data on USA adults age 18 and older, marking an 11.6% increase from June to September.

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This is one of the Russian Facebook ads meant to stir dissention in the U.S.

In perhaps the most notable moment of the Senate hearing, Burr highlighted an instance in which two ads created by Russian trolls - one by an account called "Heart of Texas", another by an account called "United Muslims of America" - promoted two opposing events at the same location on the same date in Texas.

"Satan: If I win Clinton wins!".

InstagramPolitico also has an August 2016 Instagram ad, aimed at "people ages 18 to 65+ interested in military veterans, including those from the Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam wars", suggesting that Clinton is insensitive to the grief of Gold Star families. Trump on the other hand, may not be a "saint", but "he's at least an honest man and he cares deeply for this country". "My vote goes for him!"

Among those who were likely to see this ad were Facebook users who had previously liked Laura Ingraham, God, Ron Paul, Christianity, Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Andrew Breitbart, Bible and Mike Huckabee.

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