Facebook and Twitter play bigger role in Congressional election hacking probe

Steve Phelps
September 22, 2017

We subsequently made clear that we are providing information related to those ads, including the ad content itself, to the Special Counsel investigating allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

"It has always been against our policies to use any of our tools in a way that break the law", Zuckerberg said.

The company will hire 250 more people in the next year to work on "election integrity", Zuckerberg said.

His comments come after Facebook revealed earlier this month that fake accounts linked to a Russian company bought more than $100,000 worth of political ads during the presidential election, adding a new dimension to the ongoing investigations into allegations of Russian election interference.

Earlier this month, Facebook disclosed it sold $100,000 worth of ads to inauthentic accounts likely linked to Russian Federation during the election. "We will roll this out over the coming months", said Zuckerberg.

The CEO said in a Facebook live video on Thursday that the company would provide the controversial ads to government officials to support ongoing investigations in the United States and as part of the social media company's renewed efforts to protect the "integrity" of elections around the world.

Zuckerberg noted that most ads on Facebook are bought without an advertiser "ever speaking to anyone at Facebook".

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"I'm not going to sit here and tell you we're going to catch all bad content in our system". "We don't check what people say before they say it, and frankly, I don't think our society shouldn't want us to", Zuckerberg said".

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also provided a live update in which he explained the decision and what the company planned to do about future attempts to interfere in US elections.

Facebook is also increasing its investment in security - specifically in election integrity.

Zuckerberg said that it's working to increase the sharing of threat information with other tech companies.

At Twitter, meanwhile, executives from its Washington DC office will appear before the Senate committee investigating Russian interference in the election.

Setting aside anything that might be problematic with that approach, Facebook also made the argument that the initial decision to withhold the ads was done so the company wouldn't set a troubling precedent for future information requests from any government.

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