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Facebook Ads VP Criticizes Media Narrative, Says Swaying Election ‘Not Main Goal’ of Russians

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Facebook’s Vice President of Ads, Rob Goldman, has poured more cold water on the theory that Russian propaganda somehow swayed the 2016 election following the recent Mueller indictments, calling it a “media narrative.”

“I have seen all of the Russian ads and I can say very definitively that swaying the election was *NOT* the main goal.”
Rob Goldman
Vice President of Facebook Ads https://t.co/A5ft7cGJkE

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2018

The Fake News Media never fails. Hard to ignore this fact from the Vice President of Facebook Ads, Rob Goldman! https://t.co/XGC7ynZwYJ

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2018

In a series of tweets, one of which was retweeted by President Trump, Goldman categorically stated that the goal of Russian-bought ads on Facebook was not to sway the election, but to “divide America.”

In a particularly severe blow for the media narrative, Goldman also revealed that the majority of Russian ad spending took place after the election.

Most of the coverage of Russian meddling involves their attempt to effect the outcome of the 2016 US election. I have seen all of the Russian ads and I can say very definitively that swaying the election was *NOT* the main goal.

— Rob Goldman (@robjective) February 17, 2018

The main goal of the Russian propaganda and misinformation effort is to divide America by using our institutions, like free speech and social media, against us. It has stoked fear and hatred amongst Americans. It is working incredibly well. We are quite divided as a nation.

— Rob Goldman (@robjective) February 17, 2018

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