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Facebook will provide Congress contents of 3000 ads bought by Russian agency

22 September 2017, 12:57 | Francis Delgado

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Reversing course, Facebook has just announced that it will hand over to Congress 3000 ads bought by Russian Federation created to interfere with the 2016 election.

"We believe the public deserves a full accounting of what happened in the 2016 election, and we've concluded that sharing the ads we've discovered, in a manner that is consistent with our obligations to protect user information, can help", Stretch said.

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.

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

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. We subsequently made clear that we are providing information related to those ads, including the ad content itself, to the Special Counsel investigating allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 USA election.

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Two weeks ago, we announced we had found more than 3,000 ads addressing social and political issues that ran in the United States between 2015 and 2017 and that appear to have come from accounts associated with a Russian entity known as the Internet Research Agency.

His comments come after Facebook revealed earlier this month that fake accounts linked to a Russian company bought more than $100,000 worth of political ads during the presidential election, adding a new dimension to the ongoing investigations into allegations of Russian election interference.

Most of the ads did not mention Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, but focused on immigration, gun control, gay rights and other divisive social issues. But we can make it harder.

Zuckerberg said that Facebook would "continue working with the government" and strives "to be a force for good and democracy everywhere". "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".

Facebook had already released the ads to federal authorities investigating Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election. But Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the committee, and other lawmakers had criticized the company for refusing to turn over the materials that it had given to Mueller.



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