Now, Facebook plans to hand over the Russia-linked ads to US Congress on Monday. Last week, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he underestimated the effects of fake news on Facebook, and the company has announced changes to make political ads more transparent. That disclosure prompted a congressional probe, which now includes Twitter Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google.
A more astute observer of American politics than Mr. Zuckerberg might consider that Mr. Trump’s comments are part of an effort to depict Facebook as anti-conservative, lest outrage about the company’s role in the 2016 election prompt the site to adopt policies that would make a repeat of 2016 more hard. “This is too important an issue to be dismissive”, Zuckerberg said.
Facebook said Monday it will add 1,000 employees to its global ads review teams over the next year to put the kibosh on foreign state-sponsored ads.
Meanwhile, Zuckerberg has offered a couple of mea culpas and has turned over thousands of Russian-linked Facebook ads to Special Counsel Robert Mueller. But the precise goal of the ad remains unclear to investigators, the people said. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee confirmed his committee received the ads. “A number of them appear to encourage people to follow Pages on these issues”. But the social media giant says it is not planning to release the ads either.
“I don’t have the answers to those questions”. After complaints by the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee, the company made a decision to give them up after all. “That means that for majority, if they had been run by authentic individuals, anywhere, they could have remained on the platform”, Schrage said in the post.
It is also fine-tuning its automated ad review.
According to The New York Times, the trove of ads Facebook handed over appear to span the political spectrum, including some from seemingly right-leaning accounts, like one called “Defend the 2nd” for gun-rights supporters, as well as another called “Secured Borders” that pushed a hard anti-immigrant line.
“As a general rule, we are limited in what we can discuss publicly about law enforcement investigations, so we may not always be able to share our findings publicly”, Zuckerberg said last month. The “news” they read to me from their Facebook feeds was, without fail, about Hillary Clinton doing something so terrible and insane there was no way to toss reality into the mix. “So, to the degree that Russians funneled money through third countries – that whole category we don’t have answers to that yet”.
Kaplan said the company’s policies already prohibit “shocking” content, direct threats and the promotion of the sale or use of weapons, but said “going forward, we are expanding these policies to prevent ads that use even more subtle expressions of violence”. “We know that our experience is only a small piece of a much larger puzzle”.