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What was orchestrated in St. Petersburg, Russia for a cost of about $200 in Facebook ads resulted in a real-life clash covered by local news. Burr, a North Carolina Republican, said during Wednesday's hearing.

Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch told a hearing that Instagram posts by suspect Russian accounts were seen by some 20 million Americans previous year.

Some of the ads criticized candidates, while others sought to organize or promote simultaneous rallies for opposite sides of divisive issues. The pro-Texas page-called Heart of Texas-encouraged its 253,000 followers to gather at an Islamic Center in the city on that day to stop the "Islamization of Texas", while a "United Muslims of America" page, which had 328,000 followers, pushed an event at the same time and place, calling on supporters to "Save Islamic Knowledge".

During a hearing probing Russian election meddling on Wednesday, Republicans and Democrats spared the firms' general counsels much of the praise that the Senate Judiciary Committee gave them during a hearing on Tuesday. In one case, one of the ads - a video parodying Donald Trump - targeted blacks who also are interested in BlackNews.com, HuffPost Politics or HuffPost Black Voices.

The ad was targeted at people living in New York, according to the release from the House Intelligence Committee, which does not specify whether it means New York State or New York City. Instead, lawmakers released exhibits showing only some of those ads.

The political ads also tried to lure in Christian worshippers.

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"This is whole lot broader than simply the 2016 election", Sen.

Numerous social media posts came from the Internet Research Agency, which has been linked to Russian intelligence efforts to disrupt the USA election.

Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) told Twitter, Google and Facebook on Wednesday afternoon that he believes Russian Federation got a "free pass" for the interference it caused on American social media giants' platform ahead of the 2016 election and other campaigns it has waged.

Wehner admits that Facebook has increased its estimation of false accounts from 1% last quarter to 2% to 3% this quarter. One from an account called "Army of Jesus" said Clinton was supported by evil forces.

It's round two for the world's biggest internet companies as they face off against congressional lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee says his questions about the interference were "blown off" by the companies until this summer.

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