Zuckerberg says Facebook will give Russian Federation linked ads to Congress

Amidst political accusations on Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg ...

Facing criticism that Facebook published Russian-bought divisive ads during the election season, the company's founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to the social network to outline its plans to ensure election integrity moving forward. The propaganda was traced back to almost 500 inauthentic accounts and pages.

Critics have argued that Facebook needs to tell the public and Congress more about exactly what the ads involved said, where they ran and to whom they were targeted.

In addition to the 470 accounts that appeared to be run from Russia, Stamos said its investigators also discovered an additional $50,000 in spending via 2,200 ads that "might have originated in Russia", even including ads purchased by accounts with IP addresses in the USA but set to Russian in the language settings. Congress is best placed to use the information we and others provide to inform the public comprehensively and completely.

Facebook announced earlier this month that it had shut down pages over concerns of election interference.


When someone buys political ads on TV, they're required to disclose who paid for them. "Freedom means you don't have to ask permission first, and that by default you can say what you want".

"We will work with others to create a new standard for transparency for online political ads".

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Schiff made clear that Facebook is not be the only company that investigators expect to hear from. He did not say how long ads will be considered "current" and remain available for view after their initial run.

What ultimately swayed the company's mind (officially) was the fact that the investigation goes to the integrity of the nation' selection process... and that the tools used were so sophisticated that "understanding those efforts requires a united effort, from across the technology, intelligence and political communities". "We have many controls already in place to prevent this, but we could do more".

Zuckerberg noted that most ads on Facebook are bought without an advertiser "ever speaking to anyone at Facebook".

Facebook has briefed members of Congress and also provided the ads and other information to Robert Mueller, the special counsel in charge of the Russian Federation investigation, the company said.

In Zuckerberg's remarks, in a Facebook live post on his profile, he said that after finding ads linked to Russian accounts that were believed to be attempting to interfere in the 2016 election, Facebook turned them over to the special prosecutor.

"The questions that have arisen go to the integrity of US elections", he wrote.

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