Mark Zuckerberg reflected on Facebook's divisive impact this Yom Kippur

Mark Zuckerberg reflected on Facebook's divisive impact this Yom Kippur

Mark Zuckerberg reflected on Facebook's divisive impact this Yom Kippur

In September, the social media giant disclosed that accounts affiliated with Russian Federation bought more than $100,000 in election-related ads.

People familiar with the investigation into Russian interference in USA political and civic affairs told the Washington Post that while investigators believe the ad may have been created to simultaneously encourage African-American militancy and stoke fear within white communities, the exact goal of the ad is unclear. Some of the ads were paid for in Russian currency.

The full universe of words and images in those ads has not yet been made public, but early glimpses reported in The Washington Post and other news outlets showed that the Russian campaign frequently sought to widen existing fractures in American society, while also helping to boost Republican Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

The company already has given similar material to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Russian meddling.

He said his company found and shut down thousands of fake accounts that attempted to influence elections around the world.

Had these measures been in place prior to the election, "we believe we would have caught these malicious actors faster and prevented more improper ads from running", Facebook Vice President of Policy and Communications Elliot Schrage wrote Monday in a blog post. "We also briefed Congress - and this morning I directed our team to provide the ads we've found to Congress as well", he said.

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The change will allow anyone to view the advertisements that are on Facebook, regardless of the target audience.

The company is also making clear that it takes the right to free speech seriously and will never be able to remove all objectionable content. In addition to restricting the content advertisers can share the site will also require more thorough documentation from advertisers that want to run federal election related ads. When it comes to political ads, Kaplan wrote that they're also going to "require more thorough documentation from advertisers who want to run United States federal election-related ads".

Scrutiny over how social media was manipulated by Russian Federation in its campaign to influence the 2016 election has increased since Facebook last month disclosed the existence of the 3,000 ads which had been purchased by some 470 inauthentic accounts apparently linked to a Kremlin-backed troll farm. "That's not what we stand for".

The release to Congress is part of a widening government probe into how Russian operatives used Facebook, Twitter, Google and other technology platforms. After complaints by the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee, the company chose to give them up after all.

The social giant doesn't plan on releasing the ads to the public, but CNN-citing sources familiar with the issue-claims they include posts about Black Lives Matter, ads that promote gun violence, and posts depicting refugees as rapists.

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