Russia-linked Facebook ads seen by 10 million users

Trevor Jackson
October 3, 2017

Amy Klobuchar have introduced a bill to require more transparency from social media companies that run political ads, not unlike the rules TV stations follow.

Facebook has already handed over copies of the ads and information about the relevant accounts to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is conducting an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

He said his company found and shut down thousands of fake accounts that attempted to influence elections around the world.

However, Facebook said it would continue to rely on its users to flag inappropriate ads, using a new tool that will let users see all the ads an organization or company paid for.

Burr said he considers the ads committee-sensitive documents. The disclosure by Facebook "is probably the smallest concentric of Russian activity and there could very well be a lot more", he said.

Current advertising policies, or the guidelines by which ads are reviewed before they can go up on the site, screen to make sure that the ads meet the community standards, according to the advertising guidelines online.

The company is also making clear that it takes the right to free speech seriously and will never be able to remove all objectionable content. The company needs to tell us how it plans to control what looks more and more like a runaway train.

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On Monday, Facebook, elaborating on broad new guidelines revealed by Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg last month, said the new ad reviewers will be tasked with helping to make sure advertising on the platform complies with its policies.

In an interview Sunday, Facebook's vice president for USA public policy, Joel Kaplan, told the Post, "The big picture is that we're stepping up tomorrow to help Congress understand foreign interference on the ad platform and to make improvements to the ad platform to enhance transparency".

None of the companies have said whether they will accept the invitations.

It is unclear whether the Facebook ads turned over to Congress will eventually be released publicly. Mark Warner and California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrats on the Senate and House intelligence panels - have said they believe the American public should see them.

Citing privacy concerns, the tech firm hasn't released the ads to the public.

Last week, Twitter reported suspending 22 accounts on its own platform for corresponding to accounts investigated by Facebook.

Congressional investigators learned Monday that one of the Russian-bought advertisements on Facebook featured a picture of a black woman armed with a rifle and pulling the trigger without having a bullet in the chamber. Zuckerberg said on a Facebook Live, "I care deeply about the democratic process and protecting its integrity".

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