The recent arrest of Julian Assange and the reminder of WikiLeaks’ involvement in the DNC hacking scandal forced me to relive the entirety of 2016, unfortunately. For many Americans, Russia had never been so important as it had been then. Their most widespread—and arguably their most detrimental—act was the thousands of Facebook ads they created and posted. Russia and Facebook do not have the most pleasant of relationships. Earlier today, a Russian fined Facebook a measly 3000 rubles ($47) for Facebook’s failure in providing information on user data as well as withholding where the company stores such data. Facebook in the past as made it very clear that they are simply a social networking platform, not a political entity and as long as uploaded materials do not violate their code of conduct policies, it cannot be removed, regardless of its political leanings. That is why Facebook was the perfect place for Russian ads to be posted and allowed to propagate. In my Digital Studies course last semester, we dedicated an entire class to looking into Russian Facebook ads, and in that class we perused a database listing all believed Russian ads and the following key information: the image, targeted/excluded groups, impressions, clicks, URL, text and most importantly the amount of money spent posting the ad and in what currency the purchase was made. The common narrative is that Russian interference was conducted with the goal of Trump victory. Searching with key words in the database, however, clearly show that ads were written from all points of view and of all major US issues. They casted a very broad net, probably with no real goal other than to undermine and weaken our trust in the democratic system. I encourage everyone to take a look at the database, it is worthwhile.