Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenate approves resolution condemning white supremacist groups Week ahead: Lawmakers alarmed by Equifax breach Five major revelations from Congress's Russian Federation probes MORE (Va.) has repeatedly said he would like a hearing on the matter after Facebook revealed last week that a pro-Kremlin organization had bought $100,000 worth of political ads on its platform during the 2016 election. One such event was an August 2016 rally held in Twin Falls, Idaho, a rural town that's been accepting refugees for decades.
Most of the ads were deleted by Facebook, which said last week that it had suspended accounts it found were linked to Russian organizations that were advertising on political issues such as immigration and LGBT matters during the campaign. We demand open and thorough investigation of all the cases regarding Muslim refugees! The Facebook page had 133,000 followers when Facebook closed it last month, The Daily Beast reported.
Although 48 people said they were "interested" in attending the protest, four claimed they showed up for the bogus rally, the report said, citing the event page.
The Daily Beast described the "Secured Borders" group as a "putative United States anti-immigration community that was outed in March as a Russian front".
It is still unclear how many similar events were created using Facebook's events management tool.
"We're seeing more evidence of additional ads and how they are used to manipulate individuals", Warner said.
The Senate Intelligence Committee is investigating a concerted effort by the Kremlin to influence the 2016 election in favor of Donald Trump.
Warner said that he has been frustrated by Facebook's limited disclosures on Kremlin-connected groups using the platform to influence the US political, noting that the company has only revealed a single "troll farm" involved, the Internet Research Group.
USA intelligence agencies assessed with "high confidence" in January that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a complex "influence campaign" involving cyberattacks and disinformation campaigns to undermine American democracy, hurt Hillary Clinton's chances and help Trump win the vote.
Facebook said it will continue working with US authorities as necessary. "Releasing those advertisements could allow the country to better understand the nature and extent of foreign interference with our democracy".
Several congressional panels, as well as special counsel Robert Mueller, are probing Russian officials' meddling in the election and whether Trump campaign colluded with them.