Facebook has revealed 126 million Americans received Russian-backed content during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to NBC News.
Facebook gathered the data, which was submitted on Monday to the Senate Judiciary Committee as part of an inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The testimony, presented by Facebook’s general counsel Colin Stretch, reveals that while only 29 million Americans directly received material on their own news feeds, those posts were then “shared, liked and followed by people on Facebook, and, as a result, three times more people may have been exposed to a story that originated from the Russian operation.”
Russia-linked automated accounts also played a larger role in reaching more people on Twitter than previously thought. According to NBC News, sources revealed the accounts tweeted 1.4 million times and were viewed 288 million times.