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Congress releases every Russian Facebook ad that ran during election

Six Facebook ads in the foreground, and more in the background
Photo Illustration: Axios Visuals

House lawmakers released the thousands of Facebook ads Russian operatives used to sow division in the U.S. before and after the 2016 election, ranging from blatant political messages to lighthearted memes.

Why it matters: Americans have heard for months about the Russian ad campaign — from political leaders, the media and office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller — but they haven’t been able to see its full breadth until now.