Facebook says it sold $100K in ads to Russian firm

A big logo created from pictures of Facebook users worldwide is pictured in the company's Data Center, its first outside the US on November 7, 2013 in Lulea, in Swedish Lapland. The company began construction on the facility in October 2011 and went live When they're not capitalizing on Snapchat's innovations, it appears Facebook has another source of income.  Any guesses?


Oh yeah, baby.  The Russians.

New reports have come to light stating that the tech monstrosity sold $100,000 in advertisements to a company allegedly connected to the Kremlin.  The news surfaced as part of the U.S. government's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

It appears that a significant majority of the ads purchased were geographically targeted, meaning that the Russian engineers were ensuring that only eyes in certain American states or cities could see them.

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While the advertisements in question rarely mentioned then candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, their focus appeared to be promotion of varying controversial topics in the U.S., such as LGBT issues, as well as issues of race and gun control.

The news seemingly contradicts Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg's previous statement regarding fictitious/misleading advertisements (especially concerning their effect on the 2016 elections). 

After stating that the very idea that such advertisements is "a pretty crazy notion," he went on to say:

"There's a profound lack of empathy in asserting that the only reason why someone could have voted the way that they did is because they saw some fake news..." - Mark Zuckerberg (December 2016)

STANFORD, CA - JUNE 24:  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks on a panel discussion with U.S. president Barack Obama during the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University on June 24, 2016 in Stanford, California. President Obama joined Silicon Valley leaders on the final day of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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