Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Facebook is said to tell Mueller more on Russian Federation ad spending

Facebook is said to tell Mueller more on Russian Federation ad spending

After revealing that fake Russian accounts bought almost $100,000 of political ads during the 2016 USA presidential election campaign on its platform, Facebook has handed over more details to American Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The information provided to Mueller included copies of the ads, information about the accounts buying them and their targeting criteria, the people said, according to the report.

In a Friday Wall Street Journal report, sources revealed the social network handed over all records of online ad buys from Russian Federation on the platform.

"We continue to work with the appropriate investigative authorities", Facebook said in a statement to CNN.

Facebook disclosed last week that approximately 500 fake Facebook accounts with ties to Russian Federation bought $100,000 in ads during the two-years leading up to the 2016 election.

Facebook did not give copies of the ads to members of the Senate and House intelligence committees when it met with them last week on the grounds that doing so would violate their privacy policy, sources with knowledge of the briefings said. Those accounts, in turn, were linked to the pro-Kremlin troll farm known as the Internet Research Agency. That surpassed the level of information Facebook told Congress last week. He has been discussing next steps with the committee's ranking Democrat Mark Warner of Virginia.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, Republican from North Carolina, said this week he wanted a "full accounting" of what happened given Facebook's own admission that Russians appeared to buy US$100,000 (RM419,200) in political ads in the USA previous year, and has said a public hearing is more likely than not.

The special counsel's spokesman declined to comment.

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