Facebook to Provide to Congress 3000 Ads Bought by a Russian Agency

Facebook to Provide to Congress 3000 Ads Bought by a Russian Agency

Facebook to Provide to Congress 3000 Ads Bought by a Russian Agency

Speaking to the public via a Facebook Live post, Zuckerberg listed these 9 steps that the company has taken or will undertake moving forward. "When we recently uncovered this activity, we provided that information to the special council". "We don't have the answer to that yet", said Warner. "Congress is best placed to use the information we and others provide to inform the public comprehensively and completely".

Facebook, he said, is working proactively to strengthen the democratic process.

In one major change, Facebook will make political ads on the social network more transparent, so that people can see which ads are being run in connection with an election, he said.

Earlier this month, Facebook disclosed it sold $100,000 worth of ads to inauthentic accounts likely linked to Russian Federation during the election. "That's not what we stand for", Zuckerberg said in a video statement. Zuckerberg may be unable to release the ads but Congress should do so. 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".

I wish I could tell you we're going to be able to stop all interference, but that wouldn't be realistic. "Freedom means you don't have to ask permission first, and that by default you can say what you want".

He said that if people break Facebook's code of conduct or the law "there will be consequences".

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He said Facebook would continue to investigate attempts by Russian Federation and other "foreign actors" to use the site to interfere in other countries' elections. Presumably these teams cover many issues, not just elections.

Facebook is taking nine steps, he said, to protect election integrity moving forward.

Facebook is also increasing its investment in security - specifically in election integrity. That is good because Twitter is also feeling the heat for its role in how foreign users and bots influenced the election.

Congressmen have been calling for companies like Facebook and Twitter to share more information on Russian interference.

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.

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