Facebook recently provided three congressional committees with more than 3,000 ads they had traced to a Russian internet agency.
Also Thursday, a data mining and analysis company that worked on President Donald Trump's campaign confirmed it is turning over information to the House intelligence committee, to "provide it with information that might help its investigation".
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".
"We know we have a responsibility to prevent everything we can from this happening on our platforms. and so we told Congress and the Intelligence committees that when they are ready to release the ads, we are ready to help them", she said.
Later Thursday, Sandberg met privately with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, where she was pressed on what the company is doing in response to its discovery that numerous ads pushed by Russian-linked accounts were aimed at sowing racial discord. We hire engineers. We don't hire reporters.
"Absolutely", Ms Sandberg told Axios when asked if she supported releasing those ads publicly.
"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. Facebook says these ads focused on divisive political issues, such as immigration and gun rights, in an apparent attempt to sow discord among the USA population.
"The thing about free expression is that when you allow free expression, you allow free expression", Sandberg said. Trump has denied working with the Russians.
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Sandberg acknowledged that the company had erred in how it handled the issue of foreign interference past year. We're angry, we're upset.
"We do not want this kind of foreign interference in Facebook", she added.
"Facebook owes the American people an apology". Sandberg said it was important to protect "free expression" on Facebook and that if the Russian ads had been bought by legitimate accounts instead of fraudulent ones, many would have been allowed to run on the site.
She said the company had been too permissive at times in terms of how advertisers were allowed to target users.
She criticized Twitter's decision this week to remove a campaign video from Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who is running for a U.S. Senate seat in Tennessee. Twitter later reversed its decision.
Sandberg said that Facebook is run by technical workers and engineers and according to her, the company does not produce news content, therefore it can't be a media company. "In that ad, there's a lot of positions that people don't like, that I don't like".
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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