Why we can’t trust Facebook’s story about Russian ads

by Casey Newton


I wrote about how Facebook's shifting stories about Kremlin interference on the platform had damaged its credibility.

So, how much did Russia’s political ad buys matter? The people in the best position to answer this question work at Facebook, which alone has access to the relevant data. But Facebook’s inconsistent statements, its history of errors in reporting on its own ad platform, and its reluctance to share relevant data about Russian hacking have added to its credibility gap.