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Kremlin says not involved in Russia-linked Facebook ads

22 September 2017

Facebook has agreed to disclose ads to Congress that were purchased by Russians on the social media platform in that country's effort to influence the 2016 election, the company announced Thursday, according to CBS news.

He went on Facebook Live yesterday to say that Facebook, which is turning over the ads to Congress, will conduct a "thorough review" of the scandal.

In an early-morning tweet, Trump said the "ads of Facebook" were part of the hoax, and asked about "dishonest Media coverage" towards his campaign rival, Hillary Clinton.

It wasn't until ProPublica brought the anti-Semitic categories to Facebook's attention last week that the company removed them from its ad-targeting menu.

Facebook had already released the ads to federal authorities investigating Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

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A core question in the congressional investigation is the extent to which online social networks were manipulated by Russian interests to covertly influence the United States election, according to Representative Adam Schiff, a Democrat and the ranking member of the House permanent select committee on intelligence.

In a follow-up tweet, Trump accused the US media of trying to sway the election toward Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

With his talk of "the democratic process", "foreign actors", and "election integrity" - mentioning Germany's elections this weekend in particular - Zuckerberg reinforced Facebook's status as a transnational global behemoth whose power reaches into every corner of contemporary life.

A spokeswoman for Twitter said representatives will meet with the Senate Intelligence Committee next week to share what they have learned about Russian sources' 2016 election posts.

Zuckerberg said Facebook's own internal investigation is continuing, but he also urged other tech companies to cooperate with lawmakers as they pursue leads on Russian election interference.

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Many Facebook ads are bought through a self-service system that doesn't require interaction with a salesperson, making it harder to know who's behind a purchase. The changes will include hiring new employees around the world focused on election integrity and providing users with a hub where they can track political ads and who funds them.

"There are times where content is surfaced on our platform that violates our standards", Rob Leathern, product management director at Facebook, stated.

Over the next few months, he said, Facebook will make political advertising more transparent by implementing disclosure requirements.

In a video statement on Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to the news reports by saying he wouldn't let Facebook's tools be used to "undermine democracy".

"We don't check what people say before they say it", he said. "But if that's what we must do, then we are committed to rising to the occasion", he said.

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Kremlin says not involved in Russia-linked Facebook ads