Published: Thu, September 21, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Facebook will provide Congress contents of 3000 ads bought by Russian agency

Facebook will provide Congress contents of 3000 ads bought by Russian agency

Facebook has reached agreement with the US Congress to release the ads purchased by a Russian agency during the 2016 presidential campaign, the social network said in a statement.

Zuckerberg originally denied that disinformation on his ubiquitous invention had played a role in the election of President Trump and others last November. "There will always be bad actors".

Facebook is taking nine steps, he said, to protect election integrity moving forward.

Facebook two weeks ago announced it was sharing the data with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but now has chose to expand its "sharing" to include Congress.

Facebook, he said, will strengthen its own ad review process for political ads.

Zuckerberg says, "We are going to make political advertising more transparent".

Facebook is also increasing its investment in security - specifically in election integrity.

Zuckerberg said that, similar to political ads on television or the radio, banners on Facebook will now have to disclose what page is paying for them.

He said Facebook will expand partnerships with election commissions around the world.

His company will also begin working on allowing users to see what advertisements pages are sending to other users, conceivably allowing them to see if a group is targeting those with hateful ideologies.

The tech giant has been heavily criticized in recent weeks over its advertising policy, with critics - notably Sen. It is illegal for foreign entities to donate to USA political campaigns and these ads may or may not have been illegally purchased.

Facebook has already handed over copies of the ads and information about the relevant accounts to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is conducting an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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