18 political ads you may have seen on Facebook that were actually made by Russian trolls

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Reuters

    Members of Congress released some of the Facebook ads purchased by fake Russian accounts. All of the released ads were paid for in rubles. Most of the ads touched on politically charged issues like LGBT rights and immigration. Some voiced support for Donald Trump.

On Wednesday, members of the House Intelligence Committee released a trove of Russian-sponsored Facebook ads intended to foment political division in the US.

The ads, which Facebook said collectively were seen by an estimated 10 million Americans, cover a range of hot-button political issues, including the Black Lives Matter movement, LGBT rights, immigration, and gun rights. Some were designed to stir support for then-candidate Donald Trump ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

All of the ads shown during the committee’s Wednesday hearing on Russia’s meddling through social media were paid for in rubles, with some running as early as 2015.

Facebook has said the bulk of the ads were most likely affiliated with the known Russian troll farm called the Internet Research Agency.

We’ve rounded up 18 of the ads that were posted on the House Intelligence Committee’s website. These ads don’t include the unpaid posts that Russian trolls created to spread similar messages that Facebook estimates reached 146 million Americans and included posts like the illustration of Hillary Clinton wearing devil horns.

But the ads reveal a clear intention to exploit some of the country’s most divisive issues. Here’s what the ads looked like:


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US House Intel Committee
    Cost: 92,711.37 RUB Impressions: 97,529 Clicks: 15,254 Creation date: 02/19/16

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US House Intel Committee
    Cost: 64 RUB Impressions: 71 Clicks: 14 Creation date: 10/19/16

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US House Intel Committee
    Cost: 48,305.55 RUB Impressions: 301,608 Clicks: 24,955 Creation date: 10/21/16

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US House Intel Committee
    Cost: 111.49 RUB Impressions: 848 Clicks: 54 Creation date: 3/24/16

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US House Intel Committee
    Cost: 54,424.95 RUB Impressions: 201,428 Clicks: 12,127 Creation date: 7/13/15

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US House Intel Committee
    Cost: 3,981.07 RUB Impressions: 1,849 Clicks: 94 Creation date: 06/24/16

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US House Intel Committee
    Cost: 3,136.68 RUB Impressions: 4,789 Clicks: 240 Creation date: 5/12/16

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US House Intel Committee
    Cost: 500 RUB Impressions: 3,362 Clicks: 761 Creation date: 10/14/16

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US House Intel Committee
    Cost: 5.92 RUB Impressions: 11 Clicks: 0 Creation date: 3/17/16

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US House Intel Committee
    Cost: 17,306.95 RUB Impressions: 108,433 Clicks: 857 Creation date: 4/22/16

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US House Intel Committee
    Cost: 300 RUB Impressions: 716 Clicks: 42 Creation date: 3/17/16

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US House Intel Committee
    Cost: 500 RUB Impressions: 3,361 Clicks: 808 Creation date: 8/04/16

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US House Intel Committee
    Cost: 3,178.16 RUB Impressions: 9,224Clicks: 85Creation date: 8/16/16

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US House Intel Committee
    Cost: 500 RUB Impressions: 1,938 Clicks: 220 Creation date: 6/08/16

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US House Intel Committee
    Cost: 3,200 RUB Impressions: 16,168 Clicks: 2,342 Creation date: 10/26/16


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US House Intel Committee
    Cost: 3,083.95 RUB Impressions: 17,654 Clicks: 517 Creation date: 8/17/16

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US House Intel Committee
    Cost: 113.19 RUB Impressions: 188 Clicks: 26 Creation date: 11/09/16

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US House Intel Committee
    Cost: 1,126.07 RUB Impressions: 15,453 Clicks: 1,471 Creation date: 10/18/16