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His department, in addition to posting anti-Clinton, anti-Obama comments on New York Times and Washington Post stories, also placed 3000 ads on Facebook created to interfere in the election by amplifying "divisive social and political messages", ranging from "LGBT matters to race issues to immigration to gun rights", CNN reports.

Similar to tactics used by American companies, the Russian influencers would use a Facebook tool called Custom Audiences to send more content about social and political issues to users who had clicked on the ads. During an interview broadcast on Sunday, Maksim said that he tried using his comments to "lower" Obama's ratings and reminding Americans of Clinton family scandals.

"You had to know all the basic problems of the United States of America".

"When it was gays, we nearly always had to bring out the religious themes", said Maksim. "How many have they already been?" said Maksim, adding that President Barack Obama was also targeted. "Tax problems, problems with the gays, sexual minorities, weapons", he said.

"Neither Russia nor Putin could be mentioned", he said.

"We didn't have the goal to turn Americans toward Russian Federation", he said. Because Americans don't talk about that. "The Americans, in fact, do not care about Russian Federation or Putin".

The company turned 3,000 ads over to three congressional committees earlier this month as part of their investigations into Russian influence in the 2016 election.

Russia's use of social media networks like Facebook and Twitter to interfere in the 2016 election has come to light in recent weeks.

Roger McNamee, a venture capitalist and early investor in Facebook, told ABC News the Russian effort may have started as merely an attempt to sow discontent, but as the campaign unfolded, he said it became clear the effort grew increasingly focused.

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told ABC News last month that based on the Facebook ads he'd seen at that point it was clear the posts included divisive messages meant to "help one candidate and potentially hurt another".

The revelation was made by a man identified as "Maxsim", who explained that he worked for a troll factory that was previously known as the Internet Research Agency in 2015.

One even explicitly went after Donald Trump, who USA intelligence has concluded that Russian Federation favored.

A former employee of the Russian "troll factory" that bought thousands of Facebook ads during the U.S. presidential election has revealed how he wrote comments on Western news sites to ridicule Hillary Clinton and inflame political divisions. Those employees who failed to hide themselves were punished, he said. These cases involved in Internet Research Agency and other "troll factories'".



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