Facebook Will Reveal How Russia Targeted US Voters

Lloyd Doyle
October 13, 2017

Schiff said Sandberg wanted to convey that the company is serious about the issue to members of Congress, some of whom have expressed concerns that the company was reluctant to share information and ensure that foreign governments don't wage information campaigns in US elections.

Facebook has turned over the ads - and information on how they were targeted, such as by geography or to people with a certain political affiliation - to congressional investigators. The board has been criticized for its lack of diversity.

Following Ms Sandberg's comments, Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said that they would eventually release those ads.

"This is a very fragile moment in time for African-Americans across this country", Richmond told reporters after the meeting. "What we needed Facebook to understand is that they play a role in the perception of African-Americans, and they are influencers that use their platform to influence this country".

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.

"So, Twitter took down the ad and put it back up", Sandberg said.

Asked if Facebook contributed to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's defeat a year ago, Sandberg, an open Clinton supporter during the campaign, did not answer directly but said it was important the website was "free from abuse" during any election in any country. "Not just an apology, but determination for our role in enabling Russian interference during the election", she said. We're angry, we're upset.

Meanwhile, on the Russian ad issue, Sandberg said the election meddling on the Facebook platform "shouldn't have happened" and she wouldn't discuss Russia or Trump. While the company prohibits certain content such as hate speech, it does not want to prevent free expression, she said. Twitter later reversed its decision.

Despite her views, Sandberg said she would be okay with an advertisement like Blackburn's running on Facebook because "when you cut off speech for one person, you cut off speech for all people". "In that ad, there's a lot of positions that people don't like, that I don't like".

Representatives from Facebook, Google and Twitter are expected to testify about Russian influence at hearings before the Senate and House intelligence committees on November 1.

In response to another question, Sandberg refused to describe Facebook as a media company, a designation that would require it to submit to a different kind of legal framework that governs the identification of political ads on TV or the general expectation that content is fact-based and free from hoaxes.

Twitter announced Tuesday that they would allow Blackburn's ad saying, "While we initially determined that a small portion of the video used potentially inflammatory language, after reconsidering the ad in the context of the entire message, we believe that there is room to refine our policies around these issues".

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