Facebook is said to tell Mueller more on Russian Federation ad spending

Facebook is said to tell Mueller more on Russian Federation ad spending

Facebook is said to tell Mueller more on Russian Federation ad spending

Facebook policy dictates that it will only turn over "the stored contents of any account", including messages and location information, in response to a search warrant.

CNN confirmed on Saturday that Mueller had indeed obtained the information with the help of a warrant.

Twitter Inc was expected to brief USA congressional investigators soon on whether Russian Federation used its advertising platform to promote divisive social and political messages, a US senator said last week.

Facebook first admitted to the dealings with the pro-Kremlin interest under testimony to Congressional intelligence committees last week.

Along with the videos themselves, Facebook reportedly handed over more details about the accounts that bought the ads and the criteria they used to target Facebook users.

The social networking site, based in Menlo Park, Calif., has not shared such detailed information with Congress, "in part because of concerns about disrupting the Mueller probe, and possibly running afoul of USA privacy laws", the Journal reported.

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It been reported that a Russian company paid Facebook $100,000 to place political ads. During the talks with Congress, the tech company deviated from talking specifically about the ad buys. In a tweetstorm, Yale Law School associate dean Asha Rangappa said that to obtain the warrant, Mueller would have had to believe that a crime was committed - it is illegal for foreign people or entities to make contributions connected to American elections - and that the offense would need to be connected to "specific accounts" on Facebook.

The Senate Intelligence Committee also hasn't ruled out subpoenaing Facebook officials to publicly testify about how Russian Federation may have used the social media platform to influence the 2016 election, a person familiar with the investigation told the Journal. "To justify forcing FB to give up the info".

A new wrinkle has appeared in the investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election-and the outcome might boil down to fake Facebook accounts.

The information is relevant to Mueller as investigators try to understand whether there were any links between Russia's activity and President Donald Trump's election campaign.

Facebook said it is cooperating with investigators and declined to comment further.

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