"We have seen only what appears to be insignificant overlap between the targeting and content used by the IRA and that used by the Trump campaign (including its third-party vendors)," the written testimony, dated January 8, read.
Facebook further clarified that a total of 129 public events were created across 13 IRA pages on its site. These events were viewed by some 338,300 users' accounts and marked as interesting by around 25,800 of them. Moreover, about 62,500 users indicated that they were going to an event.
The company said it was taking the necessary measures to inform its users about its moves to "strengthen our platform’s resistance to inauthentic and malicious behavior, including increasing ads transparency, implementing a more robust ads review process, imposing tighter content restrictions, and exploring how to add additional authenticity safeguards."
In November, Facebook, Google and Twitter gave testimonies to US congressmen as part of the US authorities’ ongoing investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. In its testimony, Facebook told the US House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee that it had found no overlap in the groups targeted by the Trump campaign’s advertisements and the advertisements tied to Russia-linked accounts.
Moscow has repeatedly said that Russia did not interfere in any foreign states’ domestic affairs, noting such moves were against principles of the Russian foreign policy, and saying that the US allegations of meddling had been unfounded.