USA panel meets Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, says Russian Federation ads may be released

USA panel meets Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, says Russian Federation ads may be released

USA panel meets Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, says Russian Federation ads may be released

Facebook has handed over the information it holds, including the ads, the pages they link to and who they were targeted at, to the Congress and Intelligence committees investigating the alleged election interference.

She said, "We think it's important that they get the whole picture and they explain that fully to the American public", and adding that once the investigation was concluded and made public, Facebook would provide more information about the ads and how they were used. Sandberg told congressional investigators on Thursday that in addition to the ads, the company would provide the rest of the information from accounts linked to Russian Federation, the spokesman said.

Business Insider said a firm that is a major source of news and information for people, generates billions in ad revenue and is producing its own original television shows is classified as a media company and Facebook does all of that.

Ed Lazowska, chair of the University of Washington's Computer Science and Engineering School, wants Facebook and other big tech companies to take responsibility for enabling Russian meddling into the 2016 election.

The move comes as critics and lawmakers are increasingly calling for the regulation of Facebook and other internet giants.

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.

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"We don't want this kind of foreign interference" on Facebook, Sandberg added.

She also said, the site had taken steps to stop those behind the fake accounts profiting from the ads they put on Facebook. "We told Congress and the intelligence committees that when they are ready to release the ads, we are ready to help them".

Later Thursday, Sandberg met privately with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, where she was pressed on what the company is doing in response to its discovery that numerous ads pushed by Russian-linked accounts were aimed at sowing racial discord. Some of the ads showed white police officers beating black people, said the member, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the ads aren't yet public.

Besides discussing election meddling, the members also pushed for Facebook to improve diversity in its workforce, particularly in its upper management.

"This is a very fragile moment in time for African-Americans across this country", CBC chairman Cedric Richmond said. Just two of them, including Sandberg, are women.

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