Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Facebook will help investigators release Russian Federation ads, Sandberg tells Axios

Facebook will help investigators release Russian Federation ads, Sandberg tells Axios

But she also said that had the ads been linked to legitimate, rather than fake, Facebook accounts, "most of them would have been allowed to run".

Meanwhile, on the Russian ad issue, Sandberg said the election meddling on the Facebook platform "shouldn't have happened" and she wouldn't discuss Russia or Trump.

Business Insider said a firm that is a major source of news and information for people, generates billions in ad revenue and is producing its own original television shows is classified as a media company and Facebook does all of that.

"Twitter has likely not released all potentially relevant data to congressional investigators in part because of their policy requiring a court order and their track record of defending user privacy by fighting such requests", Adam Sharp, former head of news and government at Twitter, said in an interview. "We told Congress and the intelligence committees that when they are ready to release the ads, we are ready to help them".

The use of social media platforms was part of what USA intelligence agencies have concluded was a broader Russian effort to meddle in the election campaign, an allegation the Kremlin has denied.

Asked if Facebook contributed to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's defeat previous year, Sandberg, an open Clinton supporter during the campaign, did not answer directly but said it was important the website was "free from abuse" during any election in any country. Several congressional committees, as well as special counsel Robert Mueller, are investigating Russian interference, including any potential collusion between Trump associates and Moscow. Facebook, she said, does owe America an apology. Trump has denied any such collusion. She also declined to say when Facebook would make a formal announcement on the matter.

Sandberg acknowledged that the company had erred in how it handled the issue of foreign interference previous year.

"We do not want this kind of foreign interference in Facebook", she added.

Sandberg and others from Facebook were asked to appear before congressional panels earlier this week to provide the information. "In that ad, there's a lot of positions that people don't like, that I don't like".

She said only that the role Facebook plays in elections "go beyond any one campaign, any one country".

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