Facebook said on Thursday that it would turn over to Congress copies of more than 3,000 ads linked to a shadowy Russian company, for House and Senate committees' investigations of Kremlin interference in the 2016 election. "We also briefed Congress".
In one major change, Facebook will make political ads on the social network more transparent, so that people can see which ads are being run in connection with an election, he said. It will require ads to disclose who paid for them and what other ads they are running at the same time. In an appearance on ABC's "This Week" last Sunday, Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff said he was "distressed that it has taken us this long to be informed that the Russians had paid for at least $100,000 of ads created to try to influence our electoral process". However, he said, you still don't know if you're seeing the same messages as everyone else.
"We support Congress in deciding how to best use this information to inform the public, and we expect the government to publish its findings when their investigation is complete", Zuckerberg wrote. "Not only will you have to disclose which page paid for an ad, but we'll also make it so you can visit an advertiser's page and see what ads they're now running to any audience on Facebook".
"We're going to bring Facebook to an even higher standard of transparency", he said.
He said that feature will be rolled out in the coming months.More news: Thyssenkrupp, Tata Steel agree to forge Europe's No. 2 steelmaker
Another step: Strengthening the company's ad review process for political ads. "We don't have the answer to that yet", said Warner. "We have many controls already in place to prevent this, but we could do more". That's what happened here.
He said Facebook would continue to investigate attempts by Russian Federation and other "foreign actors" to use the site to interfere in other countries' elections.
Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch shared additional details about the decision in a blog post that went up as Zuckerberg spoke.
"This is an extraordinary investigation - one that raises questions that go to the integrity of the USA elections", Schrage wrote. "We will roll this out over the coming months", said Zuckerberg.
"We believe it is vitally important that government authorities have the information they need to deliver to the public a full assessment of what happened in the 2016 election", Stretch says in a Facebook Newsroom post.