Facebook supports the decision to release the contents and targets of Russia-backed ads

Vastavam web: Facebook’s number two executive Sheryl Sandberg said today the company supports the decision to release the contents and targets of Russia-backed political ads on the social network in the 2016 election.Sandberg, in a visit to Washington where she met lawmakers probing Russian efforts to manipulate social media during the election, said Facebook is “fully cooperating” with investigations in Congress and a special counsel.Sandberg said Facebook would provide additional material to investigators as needed to determine the level of foreign interference in the US election.
“We gave them so far the ads plus the pages they linked to,” said Sandberg, who is Facebook’s chief operating officer.Asked if that meant providing data on how ads were targeted to specific groups of people, Sandberg said Facebook was prepared to do so.Last month, Facebook agreed to hand over the ads to congressional investigators in addition to special counsel Robert Mueller.
Facebook also agreed to hire additional staff to help screen potentially illegal political ads.According to Facebook, some 10 million people may have viewed the ads placed by a Russian entity that appeared aimed at sowing division and mistrust.