Facebook to hand over Russia-linked ads to Congress on Monday

Facebook to hand over Russia-linked ads to Congress on Monday

The companies have been asked to testify before the House Intelligence Committee later this month and the Senate's corresponding committee on November 1. The company previously told Congress it found around $100,000 had been spent on political ads leading up to the United States Presidential election.

The online Facebook ads focused on divisive political issues, with some of them mentioning Muslims' support for Hillary Clinton or the Black Lives Matter movement.

Joel Kaplan, Facebook's vice president of global policy, wrote in a blog post Monday that the social network is "taking aggressive steps to strengthen" how it reviews ads.

The new reviewers are also part of a second announcement last month that Facebook will add more human review to ads after a report showed that people could target ads at users that expressed an interest in anti-Semitic and other hateful topics.

Zuckerberg made a Facebook post to mark the end of Yom Kippur, the Jewish holiday of atonement on Saturday.

The company already has given similar material to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Russian meddling.

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However, Zuckerberg did not say anything specific in his Facebook apology post, but as per the allegations, Russians have used the Facebook to influence the voters' sentiment about a decade ago for the USA presidential election in Trump's favor.

The company said some of the ads were paid for in Russian currency, but that isn't always a way of identifying suspicious activity. For instance, Facebook in May said it would add 3,000 more content reviewers after a rash of violent videos on its site.

The company is also making clear that it takes the right to free speech seriously and will never be able to remove all objectionable content. The Facebook CEO's comments come as the company faces intense scrutiny over its advertising policies, particularly its political advertising.

"The big picture is that we're stepping up tomorrow to help Congress understand foreign interference on the ad platform and to make improvements to the ad platform to enhance transparency", said Joel Kaplan, Facebook's vice president for USA public policy, in an interview Sunday.

The leaders of the Senate and House Intelligence committees, which are investigating Russia's attack on the 2016 presidential election, have complained that Facebook, Twitter and other online platforms haven't cooperated as much with their investigations as they wish.

Facebook isn't planning on releasing the ads to the public, nor will it share further information about the details of the ads and who they were seen by. Several lawmakers - including Virginia Sen. This is a response to very real threats to democracy in the U.S. and around the world.

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