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One-third of Americans saw Russian-linked ads on FacebookFacebook says approximately 126 million Americans were exposed to Russian-backed content on its platform during the last presidential election, according to reports. Google also finds 18 channels on YouTube related to Russian influence efforts.
Facebook detestify approximately 126 million americans were exposed to Russian-backed content during the election. Facebook, Google, and Twitter are all taking part in a congressional hearing to find out the extent to which the Russian government may have tried to influence the presidential election. And how much President Trump or anyone working with him knew of Russia's involvement. According to a CBS news report, Facebook's prepared testimony for the Senate Judiciary Committee says that 29 million people received about 80 thousand posts published by Russian-backed operatives over a two year period. The number of people increased to 126 million thanks to sharing and engagement over the course of three years. Earlier in October, Facebook said only about 10 million Facebook users saw Russian linked ads. Google posted its finding and says two accounts linked to the Russian group, the Internet Research Agency or IRA spent $4,700 on Google's platforms during the 2016 election. Google also found that 18 channels on YouTube. Were likely associated with the campaign, those channels published over 1100 videos with about 43 hours of content, that content received 309,000 views. According to a person familiar with the matter, Twitter's testimony says it found more than 2700 accounts were associated with the IRA campaign. In September Twitter said 201 accounts were linked to the IRA Twitter statement says those accounts have been suspended. Senate hearings take place on October 31st. House Committee hearings take place on November 1st. We'll have more as the story develops right here at Cnet.com. I'm Iyaz Akhtar and I'll see you online