Russia’s not the only country to know how to troll. Â
Two Democratic senators created a Facebook page for the fake political group, just to confirm that they could.
Ads for your page â? created by Mark Warner of Virginia and Minnesota’s Amy Klobuchar â? were able to reach one, 407 Washington D. C. -based journalists, and 1, 369 additional Capitol Hill staffers. They just paid $20. Â
Yes. Which how easy it is to spread phony news. Â
The page marketed a non-existent political group known as Americans for Discourse Solutions. More than 24 hours, the two senators purchased ads to target the staffers plus journalists in question. Â
It’s essential to note that “reach” doesn’t mean that these journalists and staffers actually noticed or clicked the ads â? it just means the ads had been on their Facebook feeds, and could happen to be seen. Â
But a spokesperson for Warner told Axios the senators were never required to confirm their identities while creating plus promoting the page. Â
So while the ad didn’t do any harm, it’s concerning that in the wake up of massive investigations into “fake news” spreading on Facebook, this remains relatively easy for users to market fictional groups. Â