Russian Federation denies placing political ads on Facebook during U.S. election

Dems Worry Russia Is STILL Meddling In Our Democracy Through Facebook Guest Post

Dems Worry Russia Is STILL Meddling In Our Democracy Through Facebook Guest Post

Two weeks ago, Facebook admitted that a "shadowy Russian company" spent $100,000 on political ads targeting US Facebook users during the 2016 election campaign.

For now, Facebook has turned related details over to Robert Mueller, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director leading the USA government's probe into potential Russian interference, as well as House and Senate lawmakers similarly investigating the matter. Facebook's ad platform makes it easy to find groups of people who might be convinced to support a particular candidate's beliefs, or even just to vote in the election, without being directly told to do so.

The Kremlin distanced itself from the revelations, with Peskov saying at the time that "we have never heard about this".

"That's not what we stand for", he said. It launched its own investigation, and according to the Washington Examiner on September 6, it passed its findings to Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating alleged Russian interference in the election.

Reuters said Warner's legislation would require digital platforms with 1 million or more users to maintain a publicly available file of all election-related ads bought by people who spend more than $10,000. It will also let Facebook users visit an advertiser's page and see what ads they're now running to any audience on Facebook.

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That's a key step that will allow outsiders to see how many different variants of a given ad are being targeted to various groups of individuals, a tactic created to improve their effectiveness.

In deep damage-control mode, Facebook says it will start forcing Pages to disclose the source of funding behind political ads.

Facebook has briefed congressional investigators about the ads, and it has provided the ad content to Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller. "We can't prevent all governments from all interference".

The top Democrat on the Senate intelligence panel would have the changes go farther.

Zuckerberg said that using Facebook to influence elections is new terrain for social media sites.

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For the social media companies, the furor over Russia's interference raises a possibility that they deeply fear: government regulation.

Today, Facebook announced that it would also be turning the information over to Congressional investigators.

"When someone buys political ads on TV or other media, they're required by law to disclose who paid for them", Zuckerberg said. These ads have been traced back to fake Russian accounts.

With his talk of "the democratic process", "foreign actors", and "election integrity" - in Germany as well as in the United States - Zuckerberg underscored Facebook's status as a transnational behemoth whose power reaches into every corner of contemporary life.

Zuckerberg laid out nine steps that he said Facebook was taking to deter governments from using the world's largest social network to interfere with elections.

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