3,500 Stealth Russian Ads on Facebook, mid-2015 to mid-2017
On May 10, 2018, the Democrat minority of the House Intelligence Committee released over 3,500 ads that Russian operatives placed on Facebook from June 2015 to August 2017. (A small number ran on Instagram, which is owned by FB.) At first, Facebook refused to hand over these ads that were meant to inflame social and political divisions and influence the 2016 presidential election. Eventually, the company relented and gave them to Congress, but still refused to let the public see them.
While it’s great that the committee posted all of these ads, they did it in a way that makes it impossible to casually view this trove of propaganda. The ads were posted in eleven large zip files (four are well over a gigabyte each). Inside these bulky zip files, each ad (and its metadata) is a separate PDF. That’s more than 3,500 files.
So, good ol’ Russ has put them in formats that are more easily viewable. Below, you’ll find 120+ of the ads as jpegs. They’re posted in rough (not 100% exact) chronological order.
As for all those PDFs, I consolidated them into PDFs that cover a month or a quarter each, then put them on the Internet Archive, where you can flip through them onscreen (or easily download them):
The 3,500+ ads with metadata: June-Dec 2015 /// 2016 /// Jan-Aug 2017
The original upload from the House Intel Committee is here.
[Note: A significant percentage of the 3,500 ads are humorous memes
with no discernible political message.]