Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner says the “million dollar question” about Facebook election ads sold to accounts linked to Russia is how the Russians knew who to target on Facebook.
Warner is Vice-Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which began looking over some 3,000 Russian-linked ads that Facebook voluntarily agreed to turn over to the committee this week. Warner said, “I am glad that Facebook has finally stepped forward.”
Warner told CNN he is concerned not only if Russians paid for the ads, but also what they and Facebook knew about the people they targeted. Warner also said, “The truth is Facebook and Google and some of these social media companies probably know more about you and me than the United States Government knows about you and me.”
The Committee is looking into social media platforms that may have been used by a foreign power to impact the 2016 elections.