Published: Sat, September 23, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Facebook will share Russia-linked adverts with U.S. investigators

Facebook will share Russia-linked adverts with U.S. investigators

As part of its nine-step plan to promote election integrity, Facebook will give government officials and investigators $100,000 worth of Russian ads it uncovered.

The big picture is that while today the issue is politics and the democratic process the reality is Facebook has grown far beyond a social media platform and its influence is felt across many aspects of society.

Regarding the ad buys during the USA election, under subpoena Facebook had already turned over copies of the Russian-bought ads to Robert Mueller, the special counsel heading the government's investigation into Russian meddling in the election. "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", reads a statement on Facebook's corporate newsroom. As part of this co-operation it will share information about 3,000 political advertisements linked to Russian Federation with investigators. Advertisers will have to disclose which page paid for an ad, and users will be able to see what ads they're now running to any audience on Facebook. "I don't want anyone to use our tools to undermine democracy", Mark Zuckerberg said in a post on his own Facebook page. They were then allegedly pushing bogus news stories and other information to these users in hopes of possibly influencing the 2016 election.

His tweets came a day after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company would submit to Congress more than 3,000 ads purportedly linked to Russian actors.

"I wish I could tell you that we're going to be able to stop all interference, but that just wouldn't be realistic".

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Other steps include sharing more cyberthreat information with other technology companies, and expanding its cooperation with election commissions around the world.

Zuckerberg said those plans have not changed and the couple plans to accelerate its work to cure all diseases, improve education and more. "To help us focus on our mission and make decisions that don't always pay off right away, Facebook has always been structured as a controlled company", he said. And those ads probably also had more impact than previously assumed, because they led users to steady streams of other content. Federal regulations now require television and radio stations to make publicly available the details of political ads they air. "We're going to bring Facebook to an even higher standard of transparency".

After months of Facebook secrecy about the issue, the two senators write the company "now seems to realize that there is a major gap in transparency and accountability for digital ads".

"We are in a new world".

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