Facebook promises action on Russian ads

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg says Congress should 'absolutely' release Russia adverts

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg says Congress should 'absolutely' release Russia adverts

As people debate Facebook's role in influencing people during the United States presidential elections by Russian ads and fake news on the platform, the company's COO Sheryl Sandberg has stressed that the social media giant is not a media organisation, and therefore does not hire journalists.

"When you allow free expression, you allow free expression", Sandberg said in an interview with Axios.

Also it is reported that Ms. Sandberg said the ads, pages they link to, and who they were targeted at, have been given to investigators. "We know we have a responsibility to do everything we can to prevent this kind of abuse".

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Sandberg, in a visit to Washington where she met lawmakers probing Russian efforts to manipulate social media during the election, said Facebook is "fully cooperating" with investigations in Congress and a special counsel.

The company is hiring 4,000 people to weed out ads placed by fake users and investing in machine learning to help.

Sandberg said Facebook would provide additional material to investigators as needed to determine the level of foreign interference in the U.S. election.

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Contrary to her claim, Facebook hired former NBC anchor Campbell Brown in January to head up the company's news division and work with other journalists to maximise their use of Facebook's platform. Twitter took down the video, saying a remark Blackburn made about opposing abortion was inflammatory. Sandberg said it was important to protect "free expression" on Facebook and that if the Russian ads had been bought by legitimate accounts instead of fraudulent ones, many would have been allowed to run on the site. Twitter later reversed its decision.

"You can ask her about the response", Clyburn told Politico.

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