Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
IT | By Lester Massey

Facebook ' fully committed' to sharing Russian ad data

Facebook ' fully committed' to sharing Russian ad data

Facebook has handed over the information it holds, including the ads, the pages they link to and who they were targeted at, to the Congress and Intelligence committees investigating the alleged election interference.

She said, "We think it's important that they get the whole picture and they explain that fully to the American public", and adding that once the investigation was concluded and made public, Facebook would provide more information about the ads and how they were used. The interview was the first by a senior Facebook executive since the company disclosed last month that it had found some 3,000 politically divisive ads believed to have been bought by Russian Federation before and after the presidential campaign.

Sandberg says Facebook started looking into Russian ads around election day as reports of Russian attempts to influence the election intensified. The company and others have said they are turning over information, but also that they are legally obligated to protect their users' privacy.

The use of social media platforms was part of what USA intelligence agencies have concluded was a broader Russian effort to meddle in the election campaign, an allegation the Kremlin has denied.

Last month, Facebook agreed to hand over the ads to congressional investigators in addition to special counsel Robert Mueller.

Contrary to her claim, Facebook hired former NBC anchor Campbell Brown in January to head up the company's news division and work with other journalists to maximise their use of Facebook's platform. Trump has denied any such collusion.

Sources familiar with Facebook's contacts with Congress said that as recently as July this year, company officials were denying the existence of any paid Russian messaging, and only later acknowledged that the company had found $100,000 in sponsored traffic linked to 478 Facebook accounts. "But what we really owe the American people is determination to do a better job of preventing foreign meddling", she said.

Sandberg said Facebook would provide additional material to investigators as needed to determine the level of foreign interference in the U.S. election.

She also said, the site had taken steps to stop those behind the fake accounts profiting from the ads they put on Facebook.

Business Insider said Britain was already considering regulations that would treat Facebook more like a media company.

"You can ask her about the response", Clyburn told Politico. Representatives from Facebook, Google and Twitter are expected to testify about Russian influence at hearings before the Senate and House intelligence committees on November 1.

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