Russia denies placing political ads on Facebook during US election

Dmitry Peskov refuted the Facebook allegations today (September 22)

Dmitry Peskov refuted the Facebook allegations today (September 22)

Friday, September 22, 2017

Russia has denied interfering in the US election by posting political ads on Facebook.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov made the claim during a conference call with reporters today (Friday September 22).

Peskov said “We don't know who placed the advertisements on Facebook or how, and have never done it.

"The Russian side has never been part of it."

Earlier, Facebook said it would hand over to congressional investigators the 3,000 political ads that it believes were purchased by Russian actors during the US election, according to Reuters.

Earlier this month, the social network said an internal investigation had uncovered evidence that Russia had spent $100,000 on the ads.

US lawmakers are examining allegations of Russian involvement in last year's US election, while former FBI director Robert Mueller is leading his own probe.

Russia has vehemently denied the allegations, as has Donald Trump, who emerged victorious in the US election last November.

Donald Trump has sent a tweet about the allegations, describing them as a "hoax" and suggesting "Crooked Hillary" benefits from favourably media coverage.