"In early September, Facebook revealed that it had identified about $100,000 in ads purchased on its social network by a Russian company linked to the Kremlin. Distributed between June 2015 and May of this year, the more than 3,000 ads added to evidence that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election.How Facebook’s Ad System Works - The New York Times
Similar ad purchases by Russian agents were also uncovered on other internet services like Google and Twitter.
The online ads in question do not necessarily fit the traditional idea of advertising, and Facebook’s ads are particularly unusual."
Friday, October 13, 2017
How Facebook’s Ad System Works - The New York Times
For a broader online advertising reality check, see Internet Advertising: Technology, Ethics, and a Serious Difference of Opinion (Communications of the ACM)