Alleged Russian government Facebook ads were marginally more than one-two thousandth of Clinton and Trump ads during the election.
Obviously, we can talk about how a butterfly flapping its wings in Malawi can create a hurricane, but the effects of this “massive” Russian interference
Russian information troll farm the Internet Research Agency spent just 0.05 percent as much on Facebook ads as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s campaigns combined in the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, yet still reached a massive audience. While there might have been other Russian disinformation groups, the IRA spent $46,000 on pre-election day Facebook ads compared to $81 million spent by Clinton and Trump together, discluding political action committees who could have spent even more than that on the campaigns’ behalf.
Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch revealed these figures today during the Senate Intelligence Committee’s hearing with Facebook, Twitter and Google about Russian election interference.
Without counting PACs, the top campaigns spent 1,760X more on election ads than one group of Russian meddlers puts the situation into context. The IRA ad buy was small by comparison. This aligns with Stretch’s main talking point that Russian propaganda content was a tiny fraction of the content and ads seen on Facebook. This revelation could put more focus on organically posted propaganda.
The Democratic Party is focusing on this stuff, and avoiding a meaningful examination of how it failed and why.
I can understand why they are doing this: Any search for incompetence will lead to a lot of folks working for the Democratic establishment getting VERY well deserved pink slips.
Absent a meaningful autopsy of the 2016 debacle though, the party will continue to pull defeat from the jaws of victory.