Mueller gets search warrant for inauthentic Facebook account

What $100,000 can buy you on Facebook

The ads, which were linked to a "Russian troll farm", targeted American Facebook users, and thus more information about them could drastically affect Mueller's decision on whether Moscow collaborated with President Donald Trump's campaign team.

Both CNN and the Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook did not give the same information to congressional committees also investigating Russian interference, and that Facebook's policy states that it will only turn over the "stored contents" of an account in response to a search warrant. The prosecutor then has to show that the information being sought will provide evidence of that crime.

Google, which said last week it had seen no evidence of a Russian ad campaign on its platforms during last year's USA election, earlier this year offered to defend election organizers and civic groups against cyber attacks free of charge. These specific Facebook accounts were purchased at the time of 2016 election, these accounts targeted ads.

A former Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence agent, Asha Rangappa said, "This is big news - and potentially bad news for the Russian election interference 'deniers'".

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, Republican from North Carolina, said this week he wanted a "full accounting" of what happened given Facebook's own admission that Russians appeared to buy US$100,000 (RM419,200) in political ads in the USA previous year, and has said a public hearing is more likely than not.

The warrant obtained by Mueller means his team now has more information to look into how Russian Federation used social media to meddle in last year's presidential election.

In late July, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted a raid on Paul Manafort's home who is a Trump's former campaign chairman. "Second, that evidence of the crime existed on Facebook".

He said, "It is a crime to know that a crime is taking place and to help it succeed". They also say this could mean Mueller is aiming to charge foreign entities with a crime.

House and Senate investigators were reportedly frustrated with how little they were told in that briefing.

Mapping the full Russian propaganda effort is important. "I called somebody who works for one of the technology companies that I work with, and I had them give me a tutorial on how to use Facebook micro-targeting", Kushner told Steven Bertoni of Forbes.

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