Sure, advertisers tied to the Russian government spent $100,000 on Facebook ads around the time of the 2016 election. But how much did Hillary Clinton and now-President Donald Trump spend on the social media platform?
The answer: $81 million combined.
Facebook lawyer Colin Stretch told Republican Sen. Roy Blunt that figure Wednesday at a hearing held by the Senate Intelligence Committee. Executives from to testify how Russia used these companies to influence the 2016 presidential election through disinformation and fake news.
Stretch, who is general counsel at Facebook, also said that only 46 percent of the Russian-purchased ads ran on Facebook before the election. The remaining ads ran after the election that took place one year ago this month.
Blunt wanted to know how that $100,000 compared to the $81 million spent by the candidate's own campaigns.
"Would that be like five one thousandths of one percent?" Blunt asked.
"It's a small number by comparison sir," Stretch said.
"The very fact that we're talking about it today, it certainly seems like they're getting their money's worth," Blunt said.
A Facebook spokesman said the company was not going to provide a breakdown of how much each campaign spent on Facebook ads.
First published Nov. 1, 9:01 p.m. PT.
Update, 1:03 p.m.: Adds update from Facebook.
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