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Trump: Facebook’s Russian ads are part of a ‘hoax’

Did the Russian government buy divisive political ads on Facebook to sway the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election?

Well, it depends on whom you ask.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller and congressional investigators are looking into whether Russia meddled in the election.

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But a day after Facebook said it would release to congressional investigators more than 3,000 ads linked to Russia, President Donald Trump dismissed the allegations as a “hoax.”

The Russian government also pushed back against accusations that it interfered in the U.S. election through the use of social media, Reuters reported.

“We do not know … how to place an advert on Facebook. We have never done this, and the Russian side has never been involved in it,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in a conference call.

In January, the U.S. Intelligence Community released a report that stated they had “high confidence” that the Russian government tried to help Trump get elected.

On Thursday, Facebook said it was sharing ads with congressional investigators who are looking into the allegations.

“That is an assessment that can be made only by investigators with access to classified intelligence and information from all relevant companies and industries — and we want to do our part,” Facebook’s General Counsel Colin Stretch said in a blog post.

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Photo: President Donald Trump alongside White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, left, during a meeting with manufacturing CEOs in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 23, 2017. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

 

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