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Facebook to Handover 3000 Russian-Related Ads to Congress

03 October 2017

Facebook made a decision to add more employees to its global ads review team and said that it would work to better its machine learning so that it could more efficiently flag and remove ads that violate the advertising policies.

Fewer than half of the ads - which ran between 2015 and 2017 - were seen before the election, with 56 percent of them seen after the election. Half of the ads cost less than $3, and 99% cost less than $1,000. The company's knee-jerk response has often been "none of your business" when confronted about these consequences, he said. Those companies have come under increasing pressure from Capitol Hill to investigate Russian meddling and are facing the possibility of new regulations that could affect their massive advertising businesses. Facebook said the buyers of the ads- 470 different accounts linked to a Russian organization called the Internet Research Agency- violated the social network's policies by misrepresenting their identities. Investigation into President Donald Trump's alleged ties to Russian Federation has uncovered crucial information about social media's role in swaying public opinion about the presidential candidates, and Facebook was revealed to have played a huge part in it.

Zuckerberg had earlier denied activities on his platform had influenced the result of the election, but succumbed on September 6th when he hinted an operation likely based in Russian Federation spent about $100,000 on thousands of U.S. ads promoting socio-political messages on the platform.

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The social media giant said Monday it will add more than 1,000 people to review the ads that run on its platforms. Tech companies need to change the way they operate, and Congress need to enact laws to make sure those changes happen.

The woman in the ad with the rifle pulled the trigger of the weapon without a bullet in the chamber, according to the Post. "I'm not going to sit here and tell you we're going to catch all bad content in our system", CEO Mark Zuckerberg said last month.

On Monday, Facebook, elaborating on broad new guidelines revealed by Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg last month, said the new ad reviewers will be tasked with helping to make sure advertising on the platform complies with its policies. "That's not what we stand for".

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"Many of these ads did not violate our content policies". Zuckerberg said on a Facebook Live, "I care deeply about the democratic process and protecting its integrity".

The Senate judiciary committee, which was also receiving the ads from Facebook on Monday, did not respond to requests for comment. He also promised a degree of transparency in the proceedings, saying that he hopes to release "a representative sampling" of the ads later in October to help "inoculate the public against future Russian interference in our elections".

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Facebook to Handover 3000 Russian-Related Ads to Congress