House panel to publicly release Russia Facebook ads

House panel to publicly release Russia Facebook ads

House panel to publicly release Russia Facebook ads

In recent weeks, Facebook and Google admitted to accepting thousands of advertising dollars from Russian groups during the 2016 USA presidential campaign.

The leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee's Russian Federation investigation said Wednesday they intend to publicly release thousands of politically divisive Facebook ads purchased by Russian Federation during last year's presidential election. On Sunday, the Daily Beast news website reported that the Kremlin recruited at least two black video bloggers to post clips on YouTube during the campaign.

The brunt of people's outrage has been directed toward Zuckerberg, who previously dismissed accusations that his platform could be used by Russian Federation to influence an election, calling it "pretty insane". But last week, the company was reported to be looking into the matter.

Further complicating the wild cloud of allegations is the involvement of numerous for-profit networks of hoaxers and scammers who have taken advantage of lax online ad policies and the US' high-pressure political situation to drive millions of Americans to knockoff content farms. "We are taking a deeper look to investigate attempts to abuse our systems, working with researchers and other companies, and will provide assistance to ongoing inquiries".

Google has discovered Russian operatives spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads on its YouTube, Gmail and Google Search products in an effort to meddle in the 2016 USA presidential election. Google did this by downloading historical data that Twitter makes available to developers, according to the Post's sources.

Google's probe is in its early stages, WP's sources said.


The House intelligence committee will release copies of the election-related Facebook ads that were purchased by Russian-linked accounts, the committee leaders said Wednesday.

Representatives Mike Conaway and Adam Schiff told reporters after meeting with Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg that they were working with the company to release the ads publicly.

The news about Google comes amid a flurry of reports about how Facebook is dealing with bearing the brunt of the blame for "fake news" affecting the election.

According to Stamos, Facebook also looked for ads that might have had its origin in Russian Federation in the current review.

Facebook has not yet returned our request for comment. Facebook also said the pages had placed 3,000 ads on its network at a cost of about $100,000.

Some Democrats plan to introduce legislation to require internet companies to disclose more information about political ad purchases on their platforms.

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