Russian-linked accounts on Facebook specifically targeted key battleground states with ads during the 2016 election, according to a new report.
Multiple sources have confirmed to CNN that Michigan and Wisconsin, both states critical to President Donald Trump's victory last year, were hit with ads that aimed at “breaking through the clutter of campaign ads online.”
Some of the ads targeted specific demographic groups and promoted anti-Muslim messages, according to sources.
Trump won both Michigan and Wisconsin by particularly small margins — beating Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin by about 22,700 votes and just about 10,700 votes in Michigan.
Facebook announced last week it would turn over ads purchased by Russian-linked accounts to investigators. The company said it would work to ensure no party could “use our tools to undermine democracy.”
However, the president has been outspoken regarding his distrust of the ongoing investigation into Russia's meddling in the election, and he specifically alleged recently that Facebook had colluded with the media to undermine his chances in 2016.
“Facebook was always anti-Trump.The Networks were always anti-Trump hence,Fake News, @nytimes(apologized) & @WaPo were anti-Trump. Collusion?” Trump tweeted.
This week, the social media giant revealed that 10 million users had seen the divisive Kremlin-linked election ads.