Facebook will give congressional investigators more than 3,000 ads bought by entities linked to the Russian government to sway the 2016 U.S. election, a capitulation to Washington lawmakers that have criticized the social network's role in Russian election meddling. This was reported by USA today.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg also pledged Wednesday that his company would do everything it could to prevent "bad actors" from again using Facebook to manipulate voter sentiment during elections. He promised Facebook would make the origin of political ads more transparent to its users and it would take greater care in reviewing political ads.
The moves, which run counter to Facebook's policy, look to shore up support for the company after the damaging revelation that shadowy buyers bought the ads and targeted them at U.S. users between 2015 and 2017.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the ranking member of the House intelligence committee, said the data being turned over by Facebook "should help us better understand what happened."
Earlier it was reported that FBI suspects Russia of spreading fakes in social networks before US elections. In the months leading up to election day, Twitter and Facebook have become breeding grounds for the spread of viral "news" about conspiracies and hoaxes.