Mark Zuckerberg Asks Forgiveness for His "Mistakes" on Facebook

02 October, 2017, 21:59 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Mark Zuckerberg at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Spain

Facebook earlier handed over the details to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is now investigating claims of alleged Russian meddling in the election, included copies of the ads and details about the accounts that bought them and the targeting criteria they used.

Facebook also said it would begin to require more thorough documentation from people who want to run ads about US federal elections, demanding that they confirm their businesses or organizations. The company already has given similar material to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Russian meddling.

Facebook announced last month that it had discovered the ads, which were linked to Facebook accounts that likely operated out of Russian Federation and pushed divisive social and political issues during the US presidential election. People are using Facebook ads for various promotions to promote a particular thing.

Facebook plans also to strengthen enforcement against improper ads by boosting manual and automated review systems.

Google has also not revealed whether it will honor an invitation to testify on November 1 from the Intelligence committee of the U.S. Senate. None of the companies have said whether they will accept the invitations.

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It is unclear whether the ads will eventually be released publicly. Several lawmakers - including Virginia Sen.

"We care deeply about the integrity of elections around the world", Kaplan wrote.

Facing an intense scrutiny over the presence of Russian ads on its platform during the 2016 American presidential election, Facebook will finally hand over almost 3,000 Russian political ads to US Congress on Monday. Earlier in the month the search giant indicated that it had not come across any evidence suggesting that actors linked to Russian Federation bought any election-related ads on its platform.

In a statement, the social media giant said the ads, which ran from 2015 to early this year, "appear to amplify racial and social divisions". Last week, Warner said that Facebook's disclosure about ad buys tied to Russian Federation was insufficient.

Warner criticized Twitter for not sharing more information with Congress, saying the company's findings were merely "derivative" of Facebook's work.

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