Facebook ' fully committed' to sharing Russian ad data

Facebook ' fully committed' to sharing Russian ad data

Sandberg said that Facebook is run by technical workers and engineers and according to her, the company does not produce news content, therefore it can't be a media company.

Facebook said it believed the messages were likely bought by people in Russian Federation before and after the 2016 election.

The use of social media platforms was part of what USA intelligence agencies have concluded was a broader Russian effort to meddle in the election campaign, an allegation the Kremlin has denied. If the company accepts that it is a media firm, it would open the platform up to regulatory rules in the U.S. and other countries which Facebook would rather avoid.

Sandberg and others from Facebook appeared before USA congressional panels looking into reports of Russian interference in the election. The company and others have said they are turning over information, but also that they are legally obligated to protect their users' privacy.

Facebook says it had an average of 1.32 billion daily active users in June 2017. But when we say that, we're not saying we don't have a responsibility.

Last month, Facebook agreed to hand over the ads to congressional investigators in addition to special counsel Robert Mueller. Trump has denied that there was any collusion between his campaign and associates and Russian Federation.

"It's not just that we apologize".


"We do not want this kind of foreign interference in Facebook", she added.

Congressional sources said some of the Facebook messaging went to groups with seemingly legitimate names such as Heart of Texas, Defend the Second, and United Muslims of America, which they said all had as many as 250,000 followers.

She said the company had been too permissive at times in terms of how advertisers were allowed to target users.

She also said, the site had taken steps to stop those behind the fake accounts profiting from the ads they put on Facebook.

"In that ad, there are a lot of things that people don't like, that I don't like".

Sandberg said Facebook wanted other internet companies to work toward making ad purchases more transparent, and she said Facebook was talking with lawmakers who want to introduce legislation on the issue.

"We have a set of strict ads policies including limits on political ad targeting and prohibitions on targeting based on race and religion", a Google spokeswoman said, asked about the issue. 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.

Related Articles