Facebook announces to share Russia-linked ads with US Congress

Dems Worry Russia Is STILL Meddling In Our Democracy Through Facebook Guest Post

Dems Worry Russia Is STILL Meddling In Our Democracy Through Facebook Guest Post

Now they're in the spotlight.

Facebook's disclosure September 6 that Russian agents covertly bought ads on the site during last year's presidential campaign drew intense scrutiny on the social network and Twitter, entangling both companies in the investigation by Robert Mueller, the special counsel, and raising the possibility of future regulation of political advertising on their platforms.

"We don't know who places ads on Facebook or how", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on a conference call, as quoted by state-run RIA news agency. "We believe it is vitally important that government authorities have the information they need to deliver to the public a full assessment of what happened in the 2016 election", reads a statement on Facebook's corporate newsroom. A sentence like, "We have been working to ensure the integrity of the German elections this weekend", meant to be reassuring, comes off as shocking. Most of these accounts give no hint of their Russian links, using apparently all-American handles like the now-defunct @tpartynews.

Rather than focus on candidates, some ads focused more on divisive topics, such as race, immigration, and gun rights.

Zuckerberg said that going forward, political ads will have to link to the Facebook page that bought the ad. Finally, on Thursday, the company chose to hand over the data to congressional investigators. But, he said, "If that's what we must do then we are committed to rising to the occasion".

Facebook said its decision Thursday represented a step in that direction.

To avert the problematic situation that hampers the national integrity of an election because of global or foreign elements, Facebook CEO has announced to make public advertising more transparent.

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Zuckerberg also said that Facebook would continue its own investigation into what transpired on the platform during the campaign.

"That's not what we stand for", he said.

Facebook's reluctance to be more forthcoming with information that could shed light on possible election interference has prompted the chairman of the Senate intelligence committee to call for the company to testify in its election-meddling probe. "Now, I wish I could tell you we're going to be able to stop all interference, but that wouldn't be realistic".

Zuckerberg said he asked board members to withdraw the proposal to create non-voting shares, and they agreed.

"But we can make it harder, we can make it much harder".

"When someone buys political ads on TV or other media, they're required by law to disclose who paid for them".

Adding to Facebook's image problem, it was recently revealed it temporarily let advertisers target users based on keyword combinations, such as "Jew hater" and "How to burn jews".

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