Vladimir Putin talking to Facebook icon. Here are the targeted interests from the batch of Facebook ads released by lawmakers used by Russia.

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Here are the ‘likes’ and interests Russia targeted in Facebook ads

Like one of these things on Facebook? You may have seen a Russia Facebook ad ahead of the 2016 election.


Andrew Wyrich


Posted on Nov 2, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 12:24 pm CDT

Lawmakers on Wednesday released a sample of Facebook ads created by Russia to influence Americans and sow discord ahead of the 2016 election, giving Americans insight into exactly how they were targeted.

The ads came from pages called “american.veterans,” “Army of Jesus,” and “LGBT United” among several others. Along with the ads, lawmakers released metadata that shows just how the Russian actors targeted Americans with certain interests, likes, and connections on Facebook.

Some of the ads reached 100,000 people while others reached only a few hundred. Facebook said Russia-linked accounts spent around $100,000 on ads, which the House Intelligence Committee said reached approximately 11.4 million Americans. The social media giant said as many as 126 million Americans encountered Russia propaganda created by the Internet Research Agency, a “troll farm” that is believed to have been a centerpiece of the so-called influence campaigns in the United States. 

Here is a look at all of the interests or likes targeted by the ads released by lawmakers on Wednesday, according to the metadata for each ad. It is not a complete list. Facebook turned over around 3,000 ads to lawmakers and only a handful of ads were released on Wednesday.  

Essentially, if you “like” one of these pages, or have these things listed as an interest in your Facebook profile, it’s possible you were targeted by the ads Russia used to try and influence voters ahead of the election.

  • Donald Trump
  • Donald Trump For President
  • Donald Trump Jr.
  • The Tea Party
  • Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry
  • Independence
  • Patriotism
  • Laura Ingraham
  • God
  • Ron Paul
  • Christianity
  • Bill O’Reilly
  • Rush Limbaugh
  • Andrew Breitbart
  • Bible
  • Conservatism in the United States
  • Michael Savage
  • Faith
  • Mike Huckabee
  • Jesus
  • BlackNews.com
  • HuffPost Black Voice
  • HuffPost Politics
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • African-American Civil Rights Movement
  • African-American history
  • Malcolm X
  • Human rights
  • African-American
  • African-American culture
  • Right to keep and bear arms
  • The Second Amendment
  • National Rifle Association
  • Second Amendment Sisters
  • College Republicans
  • Gun Owners of America
  • Second Amendment to the United States Constitution
  • Concealed carry in the United States
  • Gun Rights
  • National Association for Gun Rights
  • Guns & Ammo
  • Gun Rights Across America
  • Gun Owners of America
  • 2nd Amendment
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
  • Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation
  • Veterans For America
  • Support our troops
  • US Military Veterans
  • Vietnam Veterans of America
    Support Our Veterans
  • Concerned Veterans for America
  • Supporting Our Veterans
  • BM
  • Cop Block
  • Being Patriotic
  • Conservatism
  • Confederate States of America
  • Republican Party (United States)
  • Dixie
  • Zaid Shakir
  • Muslims for America
  • Abu Eesa Niamatullah
  • Hillary Clinton
  • Muslim Brotherhood
  • LBGT United
  • Friends of people who are connected to LGBT United
  • Bernie Sanders
  • LGBT rights by country or territory
  • LGBT community
  • Same-sex marriage
  • United Muslims of America
  • Atlanta
  • Maryland
  • Ferguson
  • St. Louis
  • Missouri
  • Alabama
  • Georiga
  • New Mexico
  • Arizona
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • United States
  • Washington
  • District of Columbia
  • Mississippi
  • South Carolina

You can see the full batch of ads release here and here.

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*First Published: Nov 2, 2017, 12:20 pm CDT