Russian trolls may have targeted your teen with ads.
The House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday released a number of ads connected to pro-Russian internet troll farms, some of which may have targeted children as young as 13, according to BuzzFeed News.
Facebook said in its testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee that close to 146 million Americans saw the Russia-linked ads, which is higher than the 126 million that Facebook previously said saw the ads.
We’ve posted below some of the ads that were targeted to reach people as young as 13.
Warning: Some of the ads include sensitive material.
This Instagram post highlights gun violence.
This anti-migrant ad was targeted to 17-year-olds.
This pro-Hillary Clinton ad reached people between 16 and 53 years old.
The intelligence committee shared 14 ads that made their way across social media platforms that you can review at Time magazine's website.
Questions still remain after Tuesday and Wednesday’s hearings about social media's role in the 2016 presidential elections. Witnesses representing Google, Facebook and Twitter told the Senate Intelligence Committee there’s really no way to stop foreign powers from buying ads on social media, according to NPR.
Lawmakers hope to regulate social media and tech, and are currently creating legislation that would require “more disclosure and transparency for political ads on Facebook and Twitter and other social platforms,” according to NPR.
Still, even if that became a law, such ads could still be purchased, the tech company reps said. And the regulations wouldn’t stop foreign leaders from executing cyber attacks on the country.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said to the top lawyers of Google, Twitter and Facebook that they need to figure out better measures to control this issue, according to The Verge.
“What we’re talking about is a cataclysmic change. What we’re talking about is the beginning of cyber warfare,” Feinstein said. “What we’re talking about is a major foreign power with the sophistication and ability to involve themselves in a presidential election and sow conflict and discontent all over this country.
“We are not going to go away, gentlemen,” she continued. “And this is a very big deal. I went home last night with profound disappointment. I asked specific questions, I got vague answers. And that just won’t do. You have a huge problem on your hands. And the U.S. is going to be the first of the countries to bring it to your attention, and other countries are going to follow I’m sure. Because you bear this responsibility.”