House Intelligence Committee to make public Russia-linked Facebook ads

Facebook identifies 5% of ads purchased on Instagram to influence 2016 election Video

Sandberg said the company is "working on transparency" following the revelation last month that a group with alleged ties to the Russian government ran $100,000 worth of ads on Facebook promoting "divisive" causes like Black Lives Matter.

The reason that its disconcerting is around this time past year in 2016 Microsoft were actually informed by Google that a hacking group linked to the Russian government and USA political hacks were exploiting a Windows 10 security flaw.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg says she wished Facebook had sooner discovered that Russians had bought ad campaigns on the site with the intention of influencing the USA site.

Facebook, along with Twitter and Google, will next month testify before the House and Senate intelligence committees about Russian Federation meddling in the presidential election. Russian Federation apparently took advantage of controversies surrounding Hillary Clinton [the email scandal that rocked her campaign], and further dug in with the said ads bought from some Silicon Valley giants.

Asked if Facebook contributed to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's defeat past year, Sandberg, an open Clinton supporter during the campaign, did not answer directly but said it was important the website was "free from abuse" during any election in any country.

In addition, Robert Mueller, a former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is conducting a criminal probe, including whether President Trump's campaign colluded with Russian operatives during the election season. Trump has denied that there was any collusion between his campaign and associates and Russian Federation.

He said Sandberg also indicated the company wants the help of the intelligence community to identify who may be using Facebook for those reasons. "We know we have a responsibility to do everything we can to prevent this kind of abuse".

Facebook has said those ads focused on divisive political messages, including LGBT issues, immigration and gun rights, and were seen by an estimated 10 million people. Twitter later reversed its decision.

One member of Congress who viewed the ads said that of about 70 that person had viewed, all of them had racial themes.

She said it is important to be cautious when going after fake news because "a lot of what we allow on Facebook is people expressing themselves" and "when you cut off speech for one person, you cut off speech for all people".

Rep. Adam Schiff, the panel's top Democrat, added that lawmakers have "asked for Facebook's help to help scrub any personally identifiable information, but it's our hope that when they conclude, then we can release them publicly".

Representatives from Facebook, Google and Twitter are expected to testify about Russian influence at hearings before the Senate and House intelligence committees on November 1.



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