Facebook Vice President of Ads Rob Goldman shared Friday that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election was about dividing America, not getting President Donald Trump to the White House.
As someone who saw all of the Russian ads, he tweeted that he can definitively say swaying the presidential election wasn’t the main goal.
While a common belief is that pro-Trump ads helped get the Republican candidate elected, Goldman shared a fact that’s been highly overlooked in the majority of articles.
He explained that most of the Russian ad spending occurred after the election when the time had come and gone to change the result.
The majority of the Russian ad spend happened AFTER the election. We shared that fact, but very few outlets have covered it because it doesn’t align with the main media narrative of Tump and the election. https://t.co/2dL8Kh0hof
— Rob Goldman (@robjective) February 17, 2018
“We shared that fact, but very few outlets have covered it because it doesn’t align with the main media narrative of Tump (sic) and the election,” he said.
Goldman further detailed that the true goal of the “Russian propaganda and misinformation effort” is to use the very freedoms we enjoy to create division in America.
“It has stoked fear and hatred amongst Americans,” he tweeted. “It is working incredibly well. We are quite divided as a nation.”
As an example of this effort, the Facebook executive pointed to the Houston anti-Islamic protest, which had both sides coordinated by Russian ads.
“Americans were literally puppeted (sic) into the streets by trolls who organized both the sides of protest,” he explained.
Goldman concluded that both Facebook’s efforts to prevent this in the future and teaching citizens about digital literacy will help fight foreign powers from meddling in America’s way of life.
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