Facebook Inc. Said it plans on Monday to deliver to the U.S. Congress, about 3,000 ads copies, that their network suggests were likely acquired by those in Russia in the preceding and following months of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election on Facebook.
Last month, responding to the invitations from U.S. lawmakers, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s Chief Executive pledged to deliver the ads to investigators from the Congress looking into suspected Russian activities in the U.S. election but wasn’t clear on the purposed time of delivery.
The ads would be delivered on Monday, Facebook said on Sunday
Facebook, which stands as the world’s biggest social platform, has become the hub of political internet ads due to its vast coverage and it provides advertisers robust targeting capacities. Owing to that reason, it might hold promising clues for U.S. investigators.
Facebook has given information about Russia-linked ads to Robert Mueller, the U.S. special counsel, who also is investigating suspected election meddling, according to a source, last month. Moscow as regards the claim has denied meddling in the U.S. elections last year, in which Donald Trump won over Hillary Clinton, a Democrat.
Facebook to provide U.S. intelligence all relevant documents
Facebook announced on Sunday it would make available to the Congress copies of the ads found, along with supporting information including whom the ads were aimed for and the prices of each ad.
Facebook stated that the materials are going to the intelligence agencies of House of Representatives, the Senate, as well the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The ads worth $100,000 associated with Russia focused on amplifying divisive political and social messages in the U.S; Facebook stated last month. Certain ads brought up support Muslim offered Clinton, endorsed in-person incidents and majored on the Black Lives Matter rallies against police shootings, as stated by reports of the media.
Stringent measures to be employed by Facebook
The emergence of Facebook as a tool for government-sponsored propaganda has risen to be a major challenge for the corporate image of the social network.
Zuckerberg, in his posts on Facebook last month, revealed several steps he stated the firm would employ to stop governments from using it for their intentions and said he had been wrong earlier to downplay the chances of Facebook being utilized in such manner.
Mark Warner, a U.S. Senator, and Democrat have likened digital political advertising outreach to the “Wild, Wild West,” and he, others have sought the implementation of disclosure requirements identical to the measure needed in the U.S for political ads on TV.