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Russian Federation denies use of Facebook ads in 2016 election

23 September 2017

Perched behind a pretend Oval Office desk in a room straight out of an Ikea-meets-Twilight-Zone mashup, he spoke directly to the American people about the approximately 3,000 Russia-linked ads - which possibly helped Donald Trump win the election - that his company profited from.

Towards the end of the 2016 elections, Facebook was accused of running Russian disinformation. "We have never done it and the Russian side has never had anything to do with it". "We also briefed Congress", Zuckerberg said. "That's not what we stand for".

Earlier this month, the social network said an internal investigation had uncovered evidence that Russian Federation had spent $100,000 on the ads.

Facebook's admission September 6 that Russian agents covertly bought ads on the site during the 2016 campaign has brought intense scrutiny on the social network and on Twitter, entangling both companies in the investigation by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel.

For Facebook, the move to work with the congressional committees underscored how far it has strayed from being a mere technology company and how it has increasingly had to deal with the unintended consequences of the tools it provides to reach the more than two billion regular users of its site.

Going forward, the young CEO is also promising to strengthen Facebook's ad review process for political ads.

That's a key step that will allow outsiders to see how many different variants of a given ad are being targeted to various groups of individuals, a tactic created to improve their effectiveness.

Facebook's decision to settle on the eve of trial follows in the footsteps of Google, which settled a similar lawsuit in 2013 over its plan to issue non-voting shares so that cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin could maintain their majority voting rights.

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"We support Congress in deciding how to best use this information to inform the public, and we expect the government to publish its findings when their investigation is complete", Zuckerberg said. "In the next year, we will more than double the team working on election integrity".

Russian Federation has denied interfering in the United States election by posting political ads on Facebook.

In response to questions about the meetings, a Facebook spokesman pointed Quartz to chief executive Mark Zuckerberg's statement today.

"We don't check what people say before they say it", he said.

The apparent "heat seeking" nature of Facebook algorithms means that any post that is Liked or shared is regarded as engaging and positive, even if a user has - for whatever reason - published something offensive, or shared bad news.

"I don't want anyone to use our tools to undermine democracy, " Zuckerberg said in the video. But those who break the law or Facebook's policies, he added, "are going to face consequences afterwards".

"But we can make it harder, we can make it much harder".

Before that, representatives from Twitter are scheduled to meet with Intelligence Committee staff members next week to talk about the role their company played.

Russian Federation denies use of Facebook ads in 2016 election