Facebook has "an enormous responsibility" for Russian interference in U.S. election

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 13, 2017

Facebook had previously agreed to disclose the thousands of Facebook ads to congress. Sandberg said Thursday she thinks "it's important that [the investigators] get the whole picture and explain that to the American people".

In an interview with the news site Axios on Thursday, Sandberg said Facebook has the responsibility to prevent the kind of abuse that occurred on its service during the election.

Facebook has admitted it shouldn't have allowed fake Russian accounts to fund ads supporting Trump in the United States election and will do everything in its power to help authorities get to the bottom of the alleged election interference campaign. She said Facebook hopes to "set a new standard in transparency in advertising".

US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation used cyber-enabled means in an attempt to help Trump win the White House, an allegation the Kremlin has denied.

Sandberg and others from Facebook were asked to appear before congressional panels earlier this week to provide the information. The board has been criticized for its lack of diversity.

"My personal bias is that we'll do that as quickly as we can", Conaway said, adding that they probably wouldn't release the ads before the November 1 hearings.

"When you allow free expression, you allow free expression", She said. Facebook recently provided three congressional committees with more than 3,000 ads they had traced to a Russian internet agency. Trump has denied working with the Russians. We're angry, we're upset.

In response to the Russian ad buys, Sandberg said Facebook is hiring 4,000 new employees to oversee ads and content.

"What we really owe the American people is determination" to do "everything we can" to defend against threats and foreign interference, Sandberg said.

She said the company had been too permissive at times in terms of how advertisers were allowed to target users.

But she also said that had the ads been linked to legitimate, rather than fake, Facebook accounts, "most of them would have been allowed to run".

Sandberg noted that this was an interesting conversation to be having this week considering Rep. Marsha Blackburn's (R., Tenn.) Senate campaign announcement ad was taken down from Twitter because of an "inflammatory" pro-life statement. Twitter later reversed its decision. "In that ad, there's a lot of positions that people don't like, that I don't like. But the question is, 'Should divisive political or issue ads run?' Our answer is yes because when you cut off speech for one person you cut off speech for all people", she said.

Sandberg didn't say whether she believes Facebook played a role in electing Donald Trump as president, as critics have said it did by allowing the spread of fake news on its service.

Sandberg is meeting with elected officials in Washington this week ahead of a House hearing at which executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google are expected to testify.

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