On Wednesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a sample of the Russian-linked social media ads used to influence the 2016 election.
The scope of the ads varied, ranging in candidate specific targeting while others focused on social issues in America. Other ads referenced, politically charged situations, possibly aimed at agitating reactions from its viewers. The ads touched on immigration, the Black Lives Matter movement, Second Amendment rights, and many other hot-button issues according to Independent Journal Review.
Some of the ads marketed to Facebook users advocated political rallies, often held in key swing states.
The ads revealed how foreign political entities were well aware of the divide in America and how social media could exploit and identify possible susceptible voters.