Facebook will hand over Russian "troll farm" ads to congress

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Might Want to Re-think His White House Dreams

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Might Want to Re-think His White House Dreams

According to prominent Russian legislator Konstantin Kosachev, there are ulterior motives behind Facebook's decision to provide the contents of the ads to the investigators.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Legislation floated by two Democratic senators would enhance transparency for online political ads, requiring social media companies like Facebook and Twitter to keep a public file of election ads and communications. However, Facebook declined on grounds of privacy and disclosure terms of user accounts.

Towards the end of the 2016 elections, Facebook was accused of running Russian disinformation.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team just got a new source of information as they investigate Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election: Facebook data.

"That's not what we stand for", Zuckerberg said on Thursday.

USA politicians are poised to introduce a new bill mandating that greater transparency be given to the authorship of online political advertisements in the wake of a scandal surrounding Facebook's sale of political ads to Russian backed groups during last year's presidential election campaign. "I don't want anyone to use our tools to undermine democracy", Mark Zuckerberg said in a post on his own Facebook page. It's the second largest player in digital advertising, but its unique relationship with its more than 2 billion monthly active users places the tech giant in a different category than Google.

"We don't check what people say before they say it", he said.

Pakistan ready to work with Trump administration: PM Abbasi
The Premier also called for an expansion of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP). All countries have the right to trade with each other, invest in other countries.

Zuckerberg hinted that the company may not provide much information publicly, saying that the ongoing federal investigation will limit what he can reveal.

Users have been able to look up the company behind an ad they see, but now they will also be able to see who else was targeted by that company. "So we're going to bring Facebook to an even higher standard of transparency", said Zuckerberg.

"We are in a new world", he said.

But many of its adverts did not refer to the election directly. Facebook plans on doubling their manpower involved in election integrity.

All of the above mentioned reports - the Facebook ads, the increased activity of Robert Mueller and the revelation of Manafort's email - are all stories that are related to Russian Federation related investigations and information those investigations continue to stumble upon. "It is a new challenge for Internet communities to deal with nation-states attempting to subvert elections".

It seems the company now has no choice but to act.

The plan unveiled previous year had been created to allow founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg to maintain voting control as he divests to fund a philanthropic initiative with his wife Priscilla.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.