Facebook says it will release Russian-linked ads to Congress

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In a Facebook Live broadcast yesterday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the social media giant is taking steps to make the platform less vulnerable to problematic political issues like the revelation that it sold ads to Russian operatives seeking to undermine democracy in the most recent USA presidential election and other elections worldwide, as reported by Recode.

Since average users "don't know if you're seeing the same messages as everyone else", Zuckerberg said, Facebook will "make it so you can visit an advertiser's page and see the ads they're now running to any audience on Facebook".

"I don't want anyone to use our tools to undermine democracy", Zuckerberg said. "That's not what we stand for". "In total, we'll add more than 250 people across all our teams focused on security and safety for our community".

Meanwhile, Colin Stretch, general counsel of Facebook, said in a piece posted to the News section of the Facebook website: "Two weeks ago, we announced we had found more than 3,000 ads addressing social and political issues that ran in the United States between 2015 and 2017 and that appear to have come from accounts associated with a Russian entity known as the Internet Research Agency". Both companies have turned over detailed data to Mueller.

"So the spending on fake Russian political ads identified by Facebook amounted to around 1/7,000th of what Mrs. Clinton spent on advertising", Freeman wrote, citing data from Campaign & Elections magazine.

"When someone buys political ads on TV or other media, they're required by law to disclose who paid for them". A move that might give people get a sense of the motivations of the advertiser. "Now it's ads on Facebook".

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday morning to dismiss reports that Russian Federation had bought ads on Facebook during the 2016 election as simply another part of the "Russia hoax".

Zuckerberg said Facebook had not as yet found any attempt at election meddling on Facebook in Germany, where Chancellor Angela Merkel is up for reelection on September 24. But, he said, "If that's what we must do then we are committed to rising to the occasion".

Facebook denied that the allegations and argued that Zuckerberg's leadership has been a key part of the company's success. He said that positive role was "100 or 1,000 times bigger" than the illicit activity.

"Twitter deeply respects the integrity of the election process, a cornerstone of all democracies, and will continue to strengthen our platform against bots and other forms of manipulation that violate our Terms of Service", the company said in a statement.

In a separate announcement on Facebook Live, Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook would now ensure its political ads are more transparent.

"This is a good first step", he said.

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He added: "I'm disappointed it's taken 10 months of raising this issue before they've become much more transparent".

"Not only will you have to disclose which page paid for an ad, but we will also make it so you can visit an advertiser's page and see the ads they're now running to any audience on Facebook", he said.

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Trump also, by the way, used Twitter to amplify a message from Twitter itself.

Facebook will share ads from the Russian entity known as the Internet Research Agency with congressional investigators. Will Trump ever stop blaming Hillary Clinton for anything?

To avert the problematic situation that hampers the national integrity of an election because of worldwide or foreign elements, Facebook CEO has announced to make public advertising more transparent.

In other words, Trump may call all a hoax, but the US government isn't treating it like it is. Finally, on Thursday, the company made a decision to hand over the data to congressional investigators.

The social network's chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, said the company is "actively working" with the U.S. government in its ongoing Russian Federation investigations.

Congress has so far been reluctant to regulate social media companies. If a user "liked" a page, it would send a regular stream of content onto that user's Facebook feed.

Tech executives worry that new rules could hinder the world's largest digital advertising businesses. Those included revamping how the company treats such ads on the social network.

Last year, Facebook had almost $28 billion in annual revenue, up 57 percent from a year earlier, and the trajectory remains bright. The file would also include copies of the ads, a description of the audience targeted, the number of views generated and other relevant information.

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