Facebook Does Election U-Turn

Facebook Does Election U-Turn
The company says it will share information about political advertisements with a U.S. government investigation.

(CCM) — Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has announced that the company is to co-operate with the U.S. government's ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the election last year. As part of this co-operation it will share information about 3,000 political advertisements linked to Russia with investigators.

The move is a dramatic U-turn for Facebook, which had previously only been prepared to offer limited information about advertisements, citing user privacy concerns.

"I don't want anyone to use our tools to undermine democracy," Zuckerberg explained in a Facebook post. "Now, I wish I could tell you we're going to be able to stop all interference, but that wouldn't be realistic. But we can make it harder. We can make it a lot harder. And that's what we're going to do."

He added that the company is conducting it own investigation into unusual Facebook activity during the election, looking at "foreign actors, including additional Russian groups and other former Soviet states, as well as organizations like the campaigns, to further our understanding of how they used our tools."

Zuckerberg also promised to make political advertising more transparent, not only by disclosing who paid for a particular ad, but also by making it easy to visit an advertiser's page to see the other ads that they are currently running to other Facebook users.

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