Facebook Believes That $50,000 Changed The Election; Senator Warner Agrees

Last week we jokingly wrote about a Facebook press release that was apparently an honest effort by the social media giant intended to summarize Russian efforts to undermine the 2016 election using their social media platform.

That said, at least to us, it seemed as though Facebook unwittingly proved what a farce the entire 'Russian collusion' narrative has become as, after digging through advertising data for the better part of full year, Facebook reported that they found a 'staggering' $50,000 worth of ad buys that 'MAY' have been purchased by Russian-linked accounts to run 'potentially politically related' ads.

Now, just in case it isn't crystal clear why the above statement is so ridiculous, please allow us to demonstrate with one simple chart.  This is how the $50,000 worth of 'Russian' ad buys on Facebook compares to the $1.2 billion that Hillary spent on her campaign...please note, this is not a mistake...the $50k literally isn't even big enough to show up on the chart. 

All of which means that one of the following three things is true: i) Facebook delivers the greatest ROIC to advertisers in the history of mankind, ii) Hillary is the worst allocator of capital ever or iii) this whole narrative is just beyond dumb.

Of course, despite this relatively simplistic explanation of why Facebook went 'full retard' in their attempt to prove that Russians used their website to throw a presidential election, Democrats in Congress apparently don't get the joke.  As The Hill pointed out earlier today, Senate Democrats on the Intelligence Committee are inexplicably using the new Facebook advertising 'revelations' from last week to demand a public hearing with a handful of social media giants including Facebook and Twitter.

The top lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee have both signaled interest in having officials from Facebook and Twitter testify about Russian interference on their platforms during the 2016 presidential election.

 

Warner has been pushing for the companies' officials to testify before the Senate panel, and on Tuesday he weighed in on a report that Russian agents used Facebook to promote protests in the U.S., including an anti-immigrant protest in August 2016 during the campaign.

 

Facebook shared some details with Warner last week regarding Russia's election interference. Warner said the company did not reveal to him that Russian actors had created Facebook event pages for anti-immigration and anti-Muslim rallies, which the Daily Beast reported Tuesday.

 

“I’m disappointed that Facebook didn’t come forward with this information about the Russians pushing people to anti-immigration rallies,” Warner told reporters.

 

“That somehow that was something they didn’t think was relevant, which is again why I think this is the tip of the iceberg. There’s going to be, I think, much more," he said. “I question whether Facebook has put near the resources they need into getting us all the facts."

 

Warner said that he has been frustrated by Facebook’s limited disclosures on Kremlin-connected groups using the platform to influence U.S. politics, noting that the company has only revealed a single “troll farm” involved, the Internet Research Group.

Meanwhile, Reuters may have just stumbled upon the key piece of evidence proving that the Russians managed to change the course of American history with just $50,000 in ad buys.  Apparently, one series of ads was so effective that it managed to attract the "interest" of 48 people on Facebook to an "anti-immigrant" rally in Idaho...and 4 of them even said they went (again, this is not a typo...that's 4 people, not 4,000 or 400,000...no, just 4).

The Daily Beast, the news website that first reported on the promoted events posted on Facebook, said one advertisement promoted an anti-immigrant rally in Idaho in August 2016.

 

The rally was hosted by a Facebook group called “Secured Borders,” which was a Russian front and is now suspended, according to the Daily Beast.

 

Some 48 people on Facebook expressed an interest in the Idaho event and four said they went, according to a copy of the event page archived by Google’s search engine.

For the record, Idaho hasn't been a contended state since Lyndon Johnson won it for Democrats in 1964.

So there you have, $50,000 in Russian ad buys on Facebook convinced 4 people to attend and anti-immigrant rally in Idaho and that changed the course of American history forever. 

On other news, yes, this is real life.

Comments

greenskeeper carl 07564111 Tue, 09/12/2017 - 20:34 Permalink

ii) Hillary is the worst allocator of capital ever or iii) this whole narrative is just beyond dumb. Im gonna go with both of those things. It is truly amazing how many people will still help cover for killery and make excuses for her. The entire media and millions of people jumped on the russian hacking bandwagon, which was concocted whole cloth by team clinton to try to do the whole 'LOOK! A SQUIRREL!' distraction on the country to take attention from the content of her emails, as though where they came from was more important than their content. Now, it appears people are reading her great big book of excuses and running with them, too. She is never going to be president, people. You can stop making excuses for her, stop covering for her, she can do nothing for you, now or in the future. Hell, if what ever caused her to act so bizarrely on the campaign trail doesn't kill her soon, she'll eventually drink herself to death anyways. Her days of being relevant are over.

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NoDebt JuliaS Tue, 09/12/2017 - 20:33 Permalink

This is just demented and sad at this point.  Spending $50K to astroturf some anti-immigration rallies  (a classic tactic employed by the DNC and the left in general at a scale many orders of magnitude larger every damned day in our Republic) and this affects anything, even if true??I swear I'm actually praying the Russians did do it and that it did swing the election to Trump.  At least I'd know who to thank. 

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greenskeeper carl NoDebt Tue, 09/12/2017 - 20:38 Permalink

Israel shovelling money by the millions into our entire political process- A-ok. Russia (allegedly) buying 50k worth of ads on fucking facebook- they must be stopped! Also, Russia buying 50 worth of ads of faceberg- crime of the century. Widely condemned by the left dictatorships like Saudi Arabia and other gulf states funneling millions into the clinton family slush fund - harmless. Or, even more obvious - Russia buying 50k worth of ads on fuckface - MUH DEMOCRACY, some russians paying bill 500k for a speech in moscow - so what, he's an ex-president. I could go on and on.

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caconhma JuliaS Wed, 09/13/2017 - 01:05 Permalink

People like Warner must be removed from the US political landscape. They are too crooked and too stupid.At the same time, the  zio-banking mafia/CIA owned organizations like Facebook, Google, Hollywood, CNN, MSNBC, etc., over the US mass media must be liquidated. They are destroying America.

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agNau caconhma Wed, 09/13/2017 - 02:33 Permalink

I try to remove the whore every election cycle.
She has a silver lisping spoon in her mouth, and multitudes of adoring employees( supporters) in the north that desire their jobs.

As ignorant as the day is long.
She hasn't had an original idea since birth.
If breathing wasn't controlled at the brain stem she would have died shortly after birth.
She sits on the Senate intelligence committee.

Need I say more.
Oxy MORON.

BITCH SLAPPIN!

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caconhma JuliaS Wed, 09/13/2017 - 01:05 Permalink

People like Warner must be removed from the US political landscape. They are too crooked and too stupid.At the same time, the  zio-banking mafia/CIA owned organizations like Facebook, Google, Hollywood, CNN, MSNBC, etc., over the US mass media must be liquidated. They are destroying America.

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agNau caconhma Wed, 09/13/2017 - 02:35 Permalink

I try to remove the whore every election cycle.
She has a silver lisping spoon in her mouth, and multitudes of adoring employees( supporters) in the north that desire their jobs.
As ignorant as the day is long.
She hasn't had an original idea since birth.
If breathing wasn't controlled at the brain stem she would have died shortly after birth.
She sits on the Senate intelligence committee.

Need I say more.
Oxy MORON.

BITCH SLAPPIN!

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Lets Buy The Dip BennyBoy Tue, 09/12/2017 - 22:56 Permalink

FB media buys work. That is for sure. These guys have been saying buy FB since it was $20 ==> http://bit.ly/2hHfN90but i guess social media is in a bubble.. and the sneaky effing russians did really hack the election I believe that. Putin is causing trouble everywhere he goes. LOL....and that look he gives on smellyvision, is priceless....when they ask him. 

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Rapunzal Blue Steel 309 Tue, 09/12/2017 - 23:34 Permalink

Mark Suckerberg is a half wit, the banking organized crime elite put him onto the helm of Facebook to hide it's a NSA operation and sell the people you can make it if your smart. I never heard a smart interview or comment from that clown. He is like the old JP Morgan a bag holder for the Rothschilds crime family. Like so many others Gates, Buffet etc. they are all minions to the cabal.

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83_vf_1100_c Lt. Frank Drebin Tue, 09/12/2017 - 20:09 Permalink

  I have been a King fan a long time. Sknce he started runnig his mouth about his left wing politics, he can kiss my white ass. He should stick to writing or just run for the Senate. His movies mostly suck. I'll watch It when I can steal it.  $1.2 bil? Is that factual? Why would someone spend $1.2 bil for a $400k/yr salary? Must be the perks. I should learn Spanish and emigrate to Mexico. At least they are honest about the widespread corruption.

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max_leering 83_vf_1100_c Tue, 09/12/2017 - 21:23 Permalink

1.2 billion $$$ is a drop in the ol' bucket... after she's out of office, B, H and C would have incorped ChelseaInc., and fleece the ever loving shit out of the entire planet... wanna drink of water?... pay CI... want to get a loaf of bread?... you owe CI motherfucker, and make sure you ration... need a job?... inquire at CI pleebs... need some gas?... CI owns it, oh, and the road you think you're going to drive on?... pay CI first bitchez... we're talking ga-fucking-zillions$$$ of pay-to-play schemes!!... it's what they , the clintoons, do best

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tion Tue, 09/12/2017 - 19:52 Permalink

Thanks for the idea Zuckerfuck, maybe I will toss a few bucks into trolling you on your own platform if you decide to run, could be entertaining.

Blue Steel 309 tion Tue, 09/12/2017 - 19:56 Permalink

You will just get censored or banned.

The only thing I agree with that lunatic zionist Steve Bannon on, is that these companies should be regulated like utilities.

If you have offices for government employees in your "private" corporation, you should have to observe at least the Bill of Rights as part of your company policy. And these fucks do have a lot of offices for government employees in their buildings and server farms.

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Bernard_2011 Tue, 09/12/2017 - 20:01 Permalink

You mean a percentage (certifiably linked to Russia) of a percentage (that is certifiably politics-related) of the $50000 is what we're talking about here? So maybe 10K?   Cue Congressional investigation.... ROFL

peippe Tue, 09/12/2017 - 20:04 Permalink

i will smother her with a pillow for a 10 piece Chicken McNugget with Ranch/Habanero dipping sauce.& no, the Russians & their 50G have nothing to do with this.

Bernard_2011 Tue, 09/12/2017 - 20:05 Permalink

How does the Daily Beast "know" that the group "Secured Borders" (which set up a rally in Idaho) is a "Russian front"? Where is the fucking proof?  Yet another unsubstantiated "Russia scare story"?

Duc888 Tue, 09/12/2017 - 20:12 Permalink

  You know, Zuck the Fuck bragged about FB being a public utility.  Now they are censoring.  I think it's well past time FedGov actually did something to protect Freedom of Speech and break it the fuck up, like they did to Ma Bell.

Budnacho Tue, 09/12/2017 - 20:12 Permalink

Give these dumbfucks 50k in free Facebook advertising to promote this story and watch how fast it disappears behind a hemorrhoid medication ad and a cat pic...