At least on Facebook, the agency reportedly ran 3,000 ads between 2015 and 2017. Facebook has made it easier to see the origins of ads, is forcing buyers to be more transparent about who they are and has worked to find more fake accounts, among other changes. It seems Black Matters was a prolific poster, but then you can find anti-Muslim sentiment spread on the IRA page "Hearts of Texas".
And, conversely, ads placed on African American-oriented pages focused on police brutality and white supremacist groups, often linking to articles that would stoke black anger. The ads also promoted events organized by Americans who were unaware their political rallies and protests were being fueled by a Russian disinformation campaign.
The ads are divided up by the month and year in which they were bought. [All Invaders} which said that democrats were "encourag [ing] breaking the law". A January 2016 ad that promised news on "bad" refugees got five clicks when targeted at those interested in immigration or conservatism.
Whenever there was a tragedy that involved racism, police officers, or both, Russian trolls were there to exploit it. Black Matters was revealed last October to be a Russian propaganda outlet by ThinkProgress.
It's not clear exactly when the Russian page targeting Mexican-Americans was set up, but in 2017 it had more than 200,000 followers and many of its posts were shared thousands of times, the records released by the House Intelligence Committee show.
The page was titled "Brown Power", and featured artwork that showed a clenched fist surrounded by Mexican flags.
Since releasing the ads, Facebook has been trying to prevent similar foreign manipulation in other elections around the world, as well as in this year's United States congressional elections. The indictment of the Internet Research Agency alleges that in February 2016, staff at the troll factory were instructed to "use any opportunity to criticize Hillary and the rest (except Sanders and Trump - we support them)". Defendants also used the stolen identities of real US persons to post on ORGANIZATION-controlled social media accounts. But the ads moved beyond focusing on specific candidates to instead target the issues and controversies that would create the impression of a divided United States.
This week, Democrats on the house intelligence committee in the USA released 3,519 PDF documents consisting of images of ads placed by the Internet Research Agency and the metadata of the ads themselves - this included ad reach, who the ads were targeted to and how much was spent on the ad. 80,000 pieces of organic content were also traced back to the Internet Research Agency, which the Democrats on the house intelligence committee plan to publish at a later date. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said in a statement.