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Senate intelligence chairman: Facebook should testify

21 Septembre 2017

Facebook, the world's largest social network, said this month that an operation likely based in Russian Federation spent $100,000 on thousands of Facebook ads promoting divisive messages before and after last year's US presidential election.

Facebook has said it is working with US authorities who are investigating alleged Russian meddling and also taking steps, such as removing fake accounts, to prevent manipulation of its platform.

In addition to Facebook, Warner has expressed an interest in bringing Twitter officials into the committee to discuss Russian efforts to influence the election on that social media platform.

Earlier this month, Facebook admitted that it sold at least $100,000 worth of ads that led to fake news pages during the elections. The social network also admitted that it wasn't equipped to filter out those kinds of advertisements - its contractors were only on the lookout for violent and sexually explicit materials.

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Facebook has provided special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading a federal probe of Russian election meddling, details on political ad spending from a Russian group that tried to sow discord online ahead of the election.

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., said Tuesday that committee members agreed the panel should hold a public hearing after it was revealed earlier this month that hundreds of phoney Facebook accounts, likely run from Russian Federation, spent about $100,000 on ads aimed at stirring up divisive issues such as gun control and race relations during the 2016 campaign.

Committee Chairman Richard Burr, however, believes that "Facebook has been less than forthcoming on potentially how they were used".

Senate intelligence chairman: Facebook should testify