Facebook releasing 3000 Russian-bought adverts to Congress


Facebook will provide to Congress the contents of 3,000 advertisements purchased by Russians during the 2016 USA presidential race, Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday following weeks of scrutiny surrounding the social network's potential role in influencing elections.

"We believe the public deserves a full accounting of what happened in the 2016 election, and we've concluded that sharing the ads we've discovered, in a manner that is consistent with our obligations to protect user information, can help", Stretch said.

Zuckerberg hinted that the company may not provide much information publicly, saying that the ongoing federal investigation will limit what he can reveal.

"We're going to bring Facebook to an even higher standard of transparency", he said.

He said the company would be more transparent around political ads - with added requirements like disclosures about who paid for them, as well as strengthening the review process around them. But we can make it harder.

Facebook has reportedly struck a deal with congressional investigators to submit at least 3,000 advertisements purchased by Russians to influence the 2016 election.

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Two weeks ago, we announced we had found more than 3,000 ads addressing social and political issues that ran in the USA between 2015 and 2017 and that appear to have come from accounts associated with a Russian entity known as the Internet Research Agency. "I don't want anyone to use our tools to undermine democracy".

Most of the ads did not mention Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, but focused on immigration, gun control, gay rights and other divisive social issues.

Zuckerberg said that Facebook is working to ensure the integrity of the upcoming German elections. "We will roll this out over the coming months", said Zuckerberg.

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

Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley of IL, who holds a seat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told the Financial Times Wednesday that he "absolutely" thinks Russian Federation will continue interfering in American elections.

Zuckerberg's move came a day after Twitter confirmed that it will meet next week with staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has been scrutinizing the spread of false news stories and propaganda on social media during the election.