House panel to publicly release Russia Facebook ads

Microsoft joins the search for Russian backed Ads

As recently as July 20th, the social media titan insisted that Russian actors hadn't bought advertisements on the network - though, to their credit, the contractors Facebook uses to scan potential ads weren't trained to screen out political content or propaganda.

One of the conclusions reached by U.S. intelligence agencies is that Russia's aim was to help President Trump emerge the victor of the last USA election held in 2016.

Sandberg is meeting with elected officials in Washington this week ahead of a House hearing at which executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google are expected to testify. Facebook is working with both the U.S. government and other technology companies "so that when anyone identifies a threat, we can get them [sic] off all of our platforms".

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

The move comes as critics and lawmakers are increasingly calling for the regulation of Facebook and other internet giants.

Google has reportedly discovered evidence that Russian Federation used its platforms in a bid to influence the 2016 United States presidential election.

Representatives Mike Conaway and Adam Schiff told reporters after meeting with Facebook Inc FB.O Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg that they were working with the company to release the ads publicly.

House lawmakers investigating Russia's suspected meddling in the 2016 US presidential election are hoping to release copies of the 3,000 Facebook ads purchased by Kremlin-aligned agents and trolls.

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Facebook, along with Twitter and Google, will next month testify before the House and Senate intelligence committees about Russian Federation meddling in the presidential election.

"What we really owe the American people is determination" to do "everything we can" to defend against threats and foreign interference, Sandberg said.

The group will focus its dialogue with Sandberg on Facebook's "diversity tone-deafness", including why the company has no black members of its board of directors, why Facebook allowed communities of to be targeted with its advertising products and who is being held accountable to make sure that such ads don't appear on Facebook in the future.

"When you allow free expression, you allow free expression", she said. Twitter took down the video, saying a remark Blackburn made about opposing abortion was inflammatory.

After Congressional pressure, Facebook handed over the over 3,000 ads, which 10 million people saw.

In an interview with the news site Axios on Thursday, Sandberg said Facebook has the responsibility to prevent the kind of abuse that occurred on its service during the election.

Representatives from Facebook, Google and Twitter are expected to testify about Russian influence at hearings before the Senate and House intelligence committees on November 1.

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