Facebook to hire 1000 people to review ads after Russian buys

Facebook to hire 1000 people to review ads after Russian buys

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), the committee chairman, and Sen. "I strongly suggest that you come in and speak with us".

He noted the committee had "hit a wall" in its effort to interview Christopher Steele, the author of a controversial dossier containing explosive allegations about Trump and top members of his campaign, and he called on Steele to meet with the panel.

In the end, Burr said, "The committee can not really decide the credibility of the dossier without understanding things like, who paid for it?"

Burr said that he still holds hope of reaching a conclusion to their investigation by the end of the year and to make their findings public prior to the start of the primaries for 2018 midterm election races.

Burr said Wednesday that the panel is close to determining the assessment is accurate.

Burr and Warner may divulge more information about social media's role in the election.

The FBI has also reportedly used some materials from the dossier in its successful request for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to conduct surveillance on Trump personal friend and associate Carter Page.

Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos, in a blog post written last month, said it found about $100,000 in ad spending from 2015 through 2017 linked to accounts that "likely operated out of Russian Federation". "We continue to investigate both intelligence and witnesses", Burr said.

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The panel has also extensively interviewed every Obama administration official of interest in the investigation, Burr said.

The committee has spoken behind closed doors to multiple current and former members of Donald Trump's inner circle, including the President's ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

But the signal Burr gave that his committee's investigation had not found reasons to push back on the intelligence community's conclusions, which it issued in a report in January, runs counter to some doubts that President Trump and his allies have cast that Russian Federation sought to interfere in the election.

Burr acknowledged that the investigation into Russia's alleged interference in last year's presidential election was taking a long time but said it was important to "get it right". Twitter last week said that it shut down more than 200 accounts linked to Russian sources that were also involved in placing ads on Facebook.

The dossier accuses the Trump campaign of conspiring with Russia, and it asserts that Russian intelligence agencies have information about Trump's participation in sexual escapades in Moscow, something Trump has denied.

Facebook, along with Twitter and Google, is under mounting pressure from lawmakers and the public to disclose more details about Russia's use of the platforms to spread disinformation and propaganda as part of an influence campaign ahead of the elections - a notion Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, initially dismissed as "crazy".

On Sept 23, he tweeted, "The Russia hoax continues, now it's ads on Facebook".

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