Twitter to Meet With Senate Committee on Russia Election Interference

Facebook Now Says It Will Hand Over to Congress 3000 Ads Bought by Russia to Interfere in US Election

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

Facebook's chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, said that the company was taking steps to provide more transparency about political ads that run on the site and to prevent covert attempts to influence elections. "Those are democratic values and I don't want anyone to use our tools to undermine democracy. that's not what we stand for".

In addition to the 470 accounts that appeared to be run from Russia, Stamos said its investigators also discovered an additional $50,000 in spending via 2,200 ads that "might have originated in Russia", even including ads purchased by accounts with IP addresses in the USA but set to Russian in the language settings.

The comments were a marked shift for the Facebook founder, who days after the November 2016 USA election said it was a "crazy idea" to think that misinformation on Facebook swayed the vote toward President Donald Trump.

"We're going to make political advertising more transparent", he said.

Rep. Adam Schiff of Burbank, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said in a statement that the Facebook material "should help us better understand what happened, beyond the preliminary briefings we already received".

CEO Mark Zuckerberg said his company is "actively working" with government investigators on the matter. Facebook also came under fire for allowing advertisers to specifically target anti-Semites.

Zuckerberg said the company won't be able to catch all content in its system, since "we don't check what people say before they say it", but that users breaking community standards or the law will "face consequences afterward".

"This has been a hard decision", Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch wrote in a post on Facebook's corporate news page, adding: "Disclosing content is not something we do lightly under any circumstances".

"We believe it is vitally important that government authorities have the information they need to deliver to the public a full assessment of what happened in the 2016 election", Stretch says in a Facebook Newsroom post.

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