Russian Content on Facebook Amounted to Just .004% of Total Content

By NTK Staff | 10.31.2017 @3:57pm

It appears that Russian-produced content that appeared on Facebook news feeds during the 2016 presidential election was far smaller than Democrats would like you to believe. Facebooks’s General Counsel Colin Stretch told the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism that the total amount of Russian content that appeared in users’ news feeds amounted to […]

It appears that Russian-produced content that appeared on Facebook news feeds during the 2016 presidential election was far smaller than Democrats would like you to believe.

Facebooks’s General Counsel Colin Stretch told the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism that the total amount of Russian content that appeared in users’ news feeds amounted to just .004 percent of the total content people saw.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) asked Stretch if the Russian activity on Facebook was pro- or anti-Hillary Clinton.

“Viewed in the aggregate, the activity again really appears to address a wide range of hot-button topics and appears directed at fomenting discord and inflaming discourse,” Stretch responded.

Graham followed up by asking Stretch how much of the content was issues based.

“About approximately 90 percent of the volume we saw on the ad side appears to be issues based. Primarily a much smaller portion was directed at particular candidates,” Stretch explained.

Graham then asked Stretch what the total volume of Russian content on Facebook was during the 2016 presidential campaign.

“In terms of the total volume of material on the site, it’s a very small percentage,” Stretch explained. “We estimate that the Internet Research Agency content was approximately 0.004 percent of the content in news feeds during the time period in question.”

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