Facebook Releasing Thousands Of Russian Influence Ads To Congress

Dems Worry Russia Is STILL Meddling In Our Democracy Through Facebook

Describing this third step as the most important one Facebook is taking, Zuckerberg outlined a plan for bringing its political ads to "an even higher standard of transparency" than political ads in other media.

The move Thursday comes as the company has faced growing pressure from members of Congress to release the content of the ads.

An internal Facebook review showed that Russia-linked fake accounts were used to buy ads aimed at exacerbating political clashes ahead of and following the 2016 USA presidential election.

Facebook earlier this month agreed to hand over information about the ads from Russian entity known as the Internet Research Agency to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of the 2016 election and today it chose to turn over the information to congressional investigators.

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.

Setting aside anything that might be problematic with that approach, Facebook also made the argument that the initial decision to withhold the ads was done so the company wouldn't set a troubling precedent for future information requests from any government.


The internal probe, according to Facebook VP Policy and Communications Elliot Schrage in a blog post today, found approximately 470 accounts and Pages "identified by our dedicated security team that manually investigates specific, organized threats" were affiliated with one another - and were likely operated out of Russia and linked to accounts associated with a Russian entity known as the Internet Research Agency.

"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". "We don't check what people say before they say it, and frankly, I don't think our society should want us to", Zuckerberg said.

Facebook executives had briefed the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier this month on the Russian-linked ads.

He said that if people break Facebook's code of conduct or the law "there will be consequences". But critics say Facebook should go further.

His company will also begin working on allowing users to see what advertisements pages are sending to other users, conceivably allowing them to see if a group is targeting those with hateful ideologies. He added that Facebook cannot stop all interference, but that it can try to reduce election interference.

Senator Mark Warner, vice-chair for the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on CNN on Wednesday they don't know if Americans helped with the spreading of Russian fake news. The committee's top Democrat, Sen.

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