Congress just gave the world its best look yet at the ads purchased on Facebook by Russia-connected accounts during the contentious 2016 election season.
Sen. Richard Burr provided the first images from Wednesday’s hearing, the second in as many days to center on Russia’s use of social media to manipulate the 2016 election. They included a “Heart of Texas” post pushing for the state to secede from the U.S., as well as posts from a page called “United Muslims of America.”
The images below come from Burr’s office. Other senators are expected to release more throughout Wednesday’s hearing.
Burr also included an image from two Facebook events that had been organized for the same date, time, and location in an apparent effort to fuel tension between Muslim people and anti-Muslim activists.
The new images follow a session on Tuesday that provided our first look yet at the ads that Facebook identified as being promoted by Russia, which have been handed over to Congress. More are expected to come as the hearings continue today.
Sen. Mark Warner also revealed some ads, including one of Hillary Clinton as the devil boxing Jesus.
This post will be updated with new developments.