Facebook to Turn Over 3000 Russia-Bought Ads to Congress

22 September, 2017, 00:56 | Author: Rolando Keller
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Facebook says CEO Mark Zuckerberg will provide to Congress the contents of 3,000 ads bought by a Russian agency.

"We believe it is vitally important that government authorities have the information they need to deliver to the public a full assessment of what happened in the 2016 election", Stretch says in a Facebook Newsroom post.

The CEO said in a Facebook live video on Thursday that the company would provide the controversial ads to government officials to support ongoing investigations in the USA and as part of the social media company's renewed efforts to protect the "integrity" of elections around the world.

"We will work with others to create a new standard for transparency for online political ads".

Mark Zuckerberg has pledged to make Facebook advertisements more transparent after acknowledging that groups linked to Russian Federation tried to use his website to influence the election. But we can make it harder. Facebook has said it was cooperating with related federal investigations, and the revelations have lended credence to the findings of USA intelligence officials that Russian Federation was involved in influencing the 2016 presidential election.

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The social media giant also said it will make political advertising on its platform more "transparent". We are looking into foreign actors, including additional Russian groups and other former Soviet states, as well as organizations like the campaigns, to further our understanding of how they used our tools.

Rather, the ads and accounts appeared to focus on amplifying divisive social and political messages across the ideological spectrum - touching on topics from LGBT matters to race issues to immigration to gun rights.

Mark Zuckerberg outlined how Facebook will try to protect elections. "We don't have the answer to that yet", said Warner. "And the limited information Congress and the intelligence community have shared with us to date suggests that efforts to compromise the 2016 election were varied and sophisticated - and that understanding those efforts requires a united effort, from across the technology, intelligence and political communities".

Previously, Facebook had handed over a small cache of the ads - which were favorable to then-candidate Trump and critical of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton - but has now agreed to show all of them to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.

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