Zuckerberg instructs Facebook to hand over thousands of Russia-linked ads to Congress

The social media giant will hand over thousands of ads suspected of being linked to Russian parties that were trying to interfere in the 2016 presidential election to Congress, according to a statement by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “I care deeply about the democratic process and protecting its integrity,” Zuckerberg explained.
Mark Zuckerberg Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday that he plans to give Congress thousands of ads suspected of being linked to Russian parties that were trying to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. In a live video message posted on Facebook, he announced that his company plans to take several steps aimed at handling those who seek to influence future elections using the social media platform.

“I care deeply about the democratic process and protecting its integrity,” Zuckerberg said. “That’s why we’ve built teams dedicated to working on election integrity and preventing governments from interfering in the elections of other nations. And as we’ve shared before, our teams have found and shut down thousands of fake accounts that could be attempting to influence elections in many countries, including recently in the French elections.”

Zuckerberg explained that Facebook is also fully cooperating with the US agencies that are investigating the alleged Russian involvement. “We have been investigating this for many months, and for a while, we had found no evidence of fake accounts linked to Russia running ads,” he explained. “When we recently uncovered this activity, we provided that information to the special counsel. We also briefed Congress -- and this morning, I directed our team to provide the ads we've found to Congress as well.”

“We are in a new world,” he added. “It is a new challenge for internet communities to deal with nation-states attempting to subvert elections. But if that's what we must do, we are committed to rising to the occasion. Our sophistication in handling these threats is growing and improving quickly. We will continue working with the government to understand the full extent of Russian interference, and we will do our part not only to ensure the integrity of free and fair elections around the world but also to give everyone a voice and to be a force for good in democracy everywhere.”



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