Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg says Congress should 'absolutely' release Russian Federation adverts

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg says Congress should 'absolutely' release Russian Federation adverts

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg says Congress should 'absolutely' release Russian Federation adverts

Sandberg said she supported the public release of those ads, in addition to the pages they were connected to.

Previously, Facebook declined to make the ads public. The social media platform says that Russia-linked groups spent about $150,000 on political ads, including some promotions that mentioned either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton by name. The ads included promoted events and amplified posts that show up in users' news feeds.

Business Insider said a firm that is a major source of news and information for people, generates billions in ad revenue and is producing its own original television shows is classified as a media company and Facebook does all of that.

Congress has been investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 campaign, including whether the Trump campaign colluded with the country to win the election.

Sandberg began the discussion by acknowledging that "things happened on our platform in this election that should not have happened - especially very troubling, foreign interference into a Democratic election".

Investigation leader Michael Conaway, a Texas Republican, said any release would likely come after a 1 November hearing at which officials from Facebook, Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Twitter Inc. are expected to testify. If the Russian ads had been bought by legitimate accounts instead of fraudulent ones, many of them would have been allowed to run on the site, she said.

"We have a responsibility to do everything we can to prevent this kind of abuse", she said.

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Still, Sandberg said it was important to protect "free expression" on the world's largest social network.

Chief Operating Officer Cheryl Sandberg made the announcement during a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill Thursday, Oct. 12, as part of her tour of Washington.

Operatives traced to the Russian government created a Facebook group called United Muslims of America that published outlandish, false claims, including that Senator John McCain founded Islamic State, the Daily Beast reported.

"We're going to want to get a complete sense of what the Russians are doing on their platform and others", Schiff said.

Later Thursday, Sandberg met privately with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, where she was pressed on what the company is doing in response to its discovery that numerous ads pushed by Russian-linked accounts were aimed at sowing racial discord.

Following Ms Sandberg's comments, Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said that they would eventually release those ads.

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