Facebook will provide to Congress the contents of 3,000 advertisements purchased by Russians during the 2016 U.S. presidential race, Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday following weeks of scrutiny surrounding the social network's potential role in influencing elections.
"As we continue our investigation to get to the bottom of Russia's multifaceted attack on our democratic process", he said, "I believe it will be necessary to hear directly from Facebook, Google and Twitter, as well as others in the tech sector, including in open hearings that will inform the American public".
"We are in a new world", Zuckerberg said during a live broadcast on his Facebook page.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that while his company is cooperating with the Russian Federation investigation, no one should expect it to intercept all undesirable material before it hits its social network.
Pressure has mounted on social media website Facebook to stop advertising and fake news since The New York Times reported that roughly 3,000 ads worth over a $100,000 appeared on Facebook linked to a Russian company with ties to the nation's government.
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Two weeks ago, we announced we had found more than 3,000 ads addressing social and political issues that ran in the United States between 2015 and 2017 and that appear to have come from accounts associated with a Russian entity known as the Internet Research Agency.
"As a general rule, we are limited in what we can discuss publicly about law enforcement investigations, so we may not always be able to share our findings publicly", he said.
He said Facebook would continue to investigate attempts by Russian Federation and other "foreign actors" to use the site to interfere in other countries' elections. But we can make it harder. "We will roll this out over the coming months", said Zuckerberg. He claimed the company was looking at adapting its anti-bullying systems to protect against political harassment, for instance, and that it is looking at using its ballot information tools to help more people better understand the election issues.
The leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee have been seeking to bring Facebook executives before their committee since the company first revealed the existence of the ads two weeks ago.
For Twitter, that means agreeing to a briefing with the Senate Intelligence Committee chaired by Virginia Democrat Mark Warner next Wednesday on the role foreign agents operating on the company's social network may have played in influencing the election.