Facebook releasing 3000 Russian-bought adverts to Congress

Facebook releasing 3000 Russian-bought adverts to Congress

Facebook releasing 3000 Russian-bought adverts to Congress

Facebook has agreed to release information to congressional investigators on thousands of ads purchased by pro-Kremlin Russian agents leading up to the 2016 election, according to Politico. "We also briefed Congress".

Zuckerberg says, "We are going to make political advertising more transparent". He claimed the company was looking at adapting its anti-bullying systems to protect against political harassment, for instance, and that it is looking at using its ballot information tools to help more people better understand the election issues.

When someone buys political ads on TV, they're required to disclose who paid for them.

He said Facebook "won't catch everyone immediately", but instead can "make it harder to try to interfere". But you still don't know if you're seeing the same messages as everyone else.

Facebook has briefed members of Congress and also provided the ads and other information to Robert Mueller, the special counsel in charge of the Russian Federation investigation, the company said. Facebook also came under fire for allowing advertisers to specifically target anti-Semites.

"We are in a new world", Zuckerberg said during a live broadcast on his Facebook page.

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He said that feature will be rolled out in the coming months.

Facebook, he said, will strengthen its own ad review process for political ads.

"We are limited in what we can discuss publicly about law enforcement investigations, so we may not always be able to share our findings publicly", said Zuckerberg. And, of course, we also recognize and support the important work of government investigations and take care not to take steps, like public disclosures, that might undermine them. The company's chief says the company can do more, but did not outline how or to what extent, except to reiterate that it would happen "even without our employees involved in the sales". Since then, some people have asked why we aren't sharing the content of the ads more broadly.

He said Facebook would continue to investigate attempts by Russian Federation and other "foreign actors" to use the site to interfere in other countries' elections. But critics say Facebook should go further.

"The questions that have arisen go to the integrity of US elections", he wrote. "That's not what we stand for", Zuckerberg said in a video statement.

In a blog post published Thursday afternoon, Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch said, "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".

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