Published: Fri, September 22, 2017
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Facebook Releasing Thousands Of Russian Influence Ads To Congress

Facebook Releasing Thousands Of Russian Influence Ads To Congress

Facebook is releasing the content of around 3,000 adverts bought by Russian interests to Congressional investigators, saying it was "actively working" with the U.S. government on the probe into Russian interference in the presidential election.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg held a Facebook Live event announced on short notice Thursday afternoon to discuss the decision. "I don't want anyone to use our tools to undermine democracy - that's not what we stand for".

Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post and live video on Thursday that he has directed his team to provide 3,000 ads, created by fake accounts linked to Russian Federation, to Congress. "But that just wouldn't be realistic", he said. "There will always be bad actors".

Facebook Inc (FB.O) on Thursday launched an overhaul of how it handles paid political advertisements on the world's largest social network, responding to criticism that it has not done enough to prevent the manipulation of elections.

He said Facebook is actively working with the federal government on its ongoing investigations into Russian meddling in the election.

More news: Hurricane Maria Regains Strength After Passing Through Dominica

In one major change, Facebook will make political ads on the social network more transparent, so that people can see which ads are being run in connection with an election, he said.

Facebook also agreed to require political advertisers to disclose who is paying for the advertisements, now a requirement for political ads on television but not on social media.

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

The announcement comes one day after 20 Democratic senators and representatives wrote to the Federal Election Commission to urge it "develop new guidance" for advertising platforms "to prevent illicit foreign spending in United States elections".

Congressmen have been calling for companies like Facebook and Twitter to share more information on Russian interference.

More news: More than 200 dead as 7.1 magnitude quake hits Mexico

Facebook, he said, is working proactively to strengthen the democratic process.

Mark Zuckerberg outlined how Facebook will try to protect elections.

The tech giant has been heavily criticized in recent weeks over its advertising policy, with critics - notably Sen.

The ads are being investigated as part of the probe into Russian meddling into the USA election.

More news: Valve thinks charts will negate Steam review bombing

Like this: