Facebook will turn Russian ads over to congressional investigators

22 September, 2017, 00:55 | Author: Devin Moran
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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. We are deeply committed to safeguarding user content, regardless of the user's nationality, and ads are user content.

Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch said in a separate blog post that the social network does not disclose content lightly under any circumstances, but that the company wants to help protect the integrity of US elections.

"As we continue our investigation to get to the bottom of Russia's multifaceted attack on our democratic process", he said, "I believe it will be necessary to hear directly from Facebook, Google and Twitter, as well as others in the tech sector, including in open hearings that will inform the American public".

"I'm not going to sit here and tell you we're going to catch all bad content in our system". "After an extensive legal and policy review, we've concluded that sharing the ads we've discovered with Congress, in a manner that is consistent with our obligations to protect user information, will help government authorities complete the vitally important work of assessing what happened in the 2016 election".

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. It will require ads to disclose who paid for them and what other ads they are running at the same time. But we can make it harder. "We have many controls already in place to prevent this, but we could do more".


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

Going forward - and perhaps the most important step we're taking - we're going to make political advertising more transparent. But you still don't know if you're seeing the same messages as everyone else.

The vast majority of ads run by these accounts didn't specifically reference the USA presidential election, voting or a particular candidate.

That sounds like the sort of thing Russian Federation has been doing with its RT propaganda channel for years now. There's no reason to let speculation run rampant for months.

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