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    According to media reports, Facebook ads bought by Russian entities and recently sent to the US Congress for review appear to have targeted Michigan and Wisconsin.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The Facebook ads bought by Russian entities and recently sent to the US Congress for review appear to have targeted Michigan and Wisconsin, the two states that helped Donald Trump cinch victory in the 2016 presidential election, CNN reported on Wednesday, citing four different sources.

    The ads allegedly spread divisive messages, including anti-Muslim ones, targeting states that ended up impacting the result of the election, the broadcaster said.

    Trump won both Michigan and Wisconsin by a very slim margin of a few thousand votes, but that helped him secure crucial Electoral College votes.

    In September, Facebook said it discovered about 3,000 political ads from the period between June 2015 and May 2017 that seemed to be linked to Russian entities. On Monday, Facebook's Vice President of Global Policy Joel Kaplan said the company was about to deliver the messages to the US Congress for review amid the ongoing investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the US elections.

    In March, Director of the US National Security Agency Michael Rogers said at a House Select Intelligence Committee hearing that he had no evidence of Russian cyber-actors influencing the results in Michigan, Wisconsin and several other states.

    Top Russian officials have repeatedly refuted the allegation of Moscow's meddling in the US election.


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