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Facebook will turn over 3000 Russia-linked ads to Congress

Facebook will turn over 3000 Russia-linked ads to Congress

Facebook has said it was cooperating with related federal investigations, and the revelations have lended credence to the findings of United States intelligence officials that Russian Federation was involved in influencing the 2016 presidential election.

He added that the company plans to add more than 250 employees to double the team working on election integrity, and said the company will expand partnerships with elections commissions around the world.

"We support Congress in deciding how to best use this information to inform the public and we expect the government to publish its finding when the investigation is complete", Mr Zuckerberg said.

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. A series of Conservative party attack ads in the United Kingdom were sent to voters in a key marginal constituency and relied on dummy Facebook accounts, the Guardian reported earlier this year. "We will roll this out over the coming months", said Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg may be unable to release the ads but Congress should do so.

"I'm not going to sit here and tell you we're going to catch all bad content in our system. We don't check what people say before they say it, and frankly, I don't think our society should want us to", Zuckerberg said. "If you break our community standards or the law, then you're going to face consequences afterwards". While the ads didn't specifically reference the election, a candidate or voting, they nevertheless allowed "divisive messages" to be amplified via the social media platform, the company's chief security officer, Alex Stamos, said in a statement September 7.

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Mark Zuckerberg has pledged to make Facebook advertisements more transparent after acknowledging that groups linked to Russian Federation tried to use his website to influence the election.

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

"It is important that tech companies collaborate on this because it's nearly certain that any actor trying to misuse Facebook will also be trying to abuse other internet platforms too", said Zuckerberg.

At Twitter, meanwhile, executives from its Washington DC office will appear before the Senate committee investigating Russian interference in the election.