Facebook will provide Congress contents of 3000 ads bought by Russian agency

22 September, 2017, 00:42 | Author: Alicia Barber
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Facebook has agreed to release information to congressional investigators on thousands of ads purchased by pro-Kremlin Russian agents leading up to the 2016 election, according to Politico. The propaganda was traced back to almost 500 inauthentic accounts and pages.

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.

In addition to the 470 accounts that appeared to be run from Russia, Stamos said its investigators also discovered an additional $50,000 in spending via 2,200 ads that "might have originated in Russia", even including ads purchased by accounts with IP addresses in the US but set to Russian in the language settings.

In a video posted to his Facebook page on Thursday, Zuckerberg said it's "not realistic" to prevent "all interference", but that the company had shut down "thousands of fake accounts". "But we support Congress in deciding how to best use this information to inform the public, and we expect the government to publish its findings when their investigation is complete".

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Zuckerberg said that, similar to political ads on television or the radio, banners on Facebook will now have to disclose what page is paying for them. "That's one of the reasons why we want to hear from Facebook".

"It has always been against our policies to use any of our tools in a way that break the law", Zuckerberg said. The company's chief says the company can do more, but did not outline how or to what extent, except to reiterate that it would happen "even without our employees involved in the sales".

The company will continue to investigate Russia's use of the platform to meddle with the US election.

"This has been a hard decision", Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch wrote in a post on Facebook's corporate news page, adding: "Disclosing content is not something we do lightly under any circumstances". Facebook will also double is team working on election integrity next year. "And the limited information Congress and the intelligence community have shared with us to date suggests that efforts to compromise the 2016 election were varied and sophisticated - and that understanding those efforts requires a united effort, from across the technology, intelligence and political communities". "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", said Hill.

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