Facebook to help investigators release Russia-backed ads

Facebook to help investigators release Russia-backed ads

Washington D.C. [United States], Oct 12: The United States House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee will release the copies of Facebook ads purchased by Russian groups during the 2016 USA presidential race.

Wednesday's meetings are ahead of a November 1 House Intelligence Committee hearing at which Facebook, Twitter and Google are expected to testify. Twitter has since reversed its stance and reinstated Blackburn's ad.

In September, Facebook revealed it found 470 profiles tied to agents of the Russian government, which purchased 3,000 ads around Election Day.

In response to the Russian ad buys, Facebook Chief Operating Officer said that company is hiring 4,000 new employees to oversee ads and content.

For her part, Sandberg's meeting with panel leaders is part of a full-court blitz of Washington, D.C. this week. 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.

"We don't want this kind of foreign interference" on Facebook, Sandberg said.

The coalition, whose membership is still unclear, plans to take advantage of its meeting with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg on Thursday to press her on what they see as Facebook's inaction on race issues.

"We know we have a responsibility to prevent everything we can from this happening on our platforms", Sandberg said, "and so we told Congress and the intelligence committees that when they are ready to release the ads, we are ready to help them". None of the ads was officially shared with the public, although several news outlets said they had been shown some examples.

"My personal view is that they are publishers but that is only my personal view, that is not an Ofcom view", she told politicians.

Both men said that in the end, voters need to be more aware of the type of information they are seeking out.

Sandberg also was expected to meet Thursday with the Congressional Black Caucus.

The report further adds that the ads do now seem to have any link with those bought from Facebook.

Facebook has turned over the ads - and information on how they were targeted, such as by geography or to people with a certain political affiliation - to congressional investigators. The member declined to be named because the ads aren't yet public.

Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has backtracked from calling the idea of Facebook's influence on the election "pretty insane".

"It is my belief that Facebook can not be the Trojan Horse through which America's vulnerabilities are exploited", Kelly wrote.

"We believe that other organizations that worked on the campaign have been asked to do the same", Cambridge Analytica said in a statement, adding that there was no "suggestion of wrongdoing".