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Facebook will turn over 3000 Russia-linked ads to Congress

22 September 2017

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

Zuckerberg said that Facebook is working to ensure the integrity of the upcoming German elections.

Facebook's chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, said that the company was taking steps to provide more transparency about political ads that run on the site and to prevent covert attempts to influence elections.

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Zuckerberg said he directed his team Thursday morning to provide the ads that the company had found to Congress and said the company is conducting a "thorough review" into what happened.

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.

Not only will you have to disclose which page paid for an ad, but we will also make it so you can visit an advertiser's page and see the ads they're now running to any audience on Facebook.

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"I wish I could tell you that we are going to be able to stop all interference". The company concluded that it was "vitally important" to cooperate fully with Congress and that the company could do so in a way that didn't endanger user privacy, according to a blog post by Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch. "We don't check what people say before they say it, and frankly, I don't think our society shouldn't want us to", said Zuckerberg. "If you break our community standards or the law, then you're going to face consequences afterwards". In an appearance on ABC's "This Week" last Sunday, Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff said he was "distressed that it has taken us this long to be informed that the Russians had paid for at least $100,000 of ads created to try to influence our electoral process".

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. But Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the committee, and other lawmakers had criticized the company for refusing to turn over the materials that it had given to Mueller.

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Facebook will turn over 3000 Russia-linked ads to Congress