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Facebook 'fully committed' to sharing Russian ad data

From BBC - October 12, 2017

Facebook is "fully committed" to providing detailed information about ads bought in Russia during the US election, says Sheryl Sandberg.

The ads, pages they linked to and who they were targeted at have been given to investigators, said Ms Sandberg.

The ads and the fake accounts used to get them on Facebook had been found and removed, she said.

However, she added, if the ads had been placed by real accounts, Facebook would not have removed them.

Bad actors

"Things happened on our platform in this election that should not have happened," said Ms Sandberg, chief operating officer of the social network in an interview with news site Axios.

"We have an enormous responsibility here," she said, adding that Facebook was "fully co-operating" with official investigators looking into what are believed to be Russian efforts to influence the election.

On 11 October, Ms Sandberg and others from Facebook appeared before US congressional panels looking into reports of Russian interference in the election.

"We think it's important that they get the whole picture and they explain that fully to the American public," she said, adding that once the investigation was concluded and made public, Facebook would provide more information about the ads and how they were used.

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