Facebook to give Russian ads to Congress, boost transparency

The announcement by Zuckerberg was made through one of Facebook's Live videos and comes at the same time of the decision made by the company to release 3,000 ads that are linked to Russians, to congressional committees that are investigating Russia's meddling during the presidential campaign previous year.

And now after the heavy demands of people, Facebook has finally announced to assist the congressional investigators by sharing the details of the Russian-linked ads with them.

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.

For Facebook, the move to work with the congressional committees underscored how far the social network has strayed from being a mere technology company and how it has increasingly had to deal with the unintended consequences of the tools it provides to reach the more than 2 billion people who use the site regularly.

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has announced that the company is to co-operate with the US government's ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the election a year ago.

He noted that Facebook is limited as a general rule as to what it can turn over to investigators, but made a promise to release any findings on foreign actors, including those from Russian Federation or other former Soviet states and associated organizations.

In early September, the social media outlet released results into the 2016 US election.

Facebook has been the subject of election-related scrutiny for months.

Initially, Facebook had only released those ads - 3,000 of them, valued at about $100,000 - to Robert Mueller, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who is spearheading the government's probe into Russia's actions. He specifically pointed to actions Facebook is taking to "ensure integrity of the German elections this weekend". "We will continue working with the government to understand the full extent of Russian interference", Zuckerberg said.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is seen on stage during a town hall at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California September 27, 2015.

But though Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook Inc, stayed away from the office for a month after the delivery, he has been utterly unable to avoid what's become a second full-time job: managing an escalating series of political crises. "The integrity of our elections is fundamental to democracy around the world".

They also promoted some 470 "inauthentic" accounts and pages of fictional people purported to be American activists.

Mr Zuckerberg also said it would make political advertisers disclose who is paying for the ads - a current requirement for TV ads but not social media.

"We don't know who and how placed ads on Facebook", Dmitry Peskov, Vladimir Putin's spokesman, was quoted as saying by state-run news agency RIA Novosti.

The company says in a statement Wednesday evening that its representatives will meet with staff of the Senate Intelligence committee next week.

  • Leroy Wright