Facebook is releasing the content of around 3,000 adverts bought by Russian interests to Congressional investigators, saying it was "actively working" with the United States government on the probe into Russian interference in the presidential election.
Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, who has been under pressure to do more to prevent the use of Facebook for election manipulation, said in a live broadcast on Facebook that he supported the investigation by the U.S. Congress.
The move is an about-face for Facebook, which earlier this month said it had given the ads and other information to Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is conducting a criminal investigation of possible links between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. "I don't want anyone to use our tools to undermine democracy - that's not what we stand for".
His comments come after Facebook revealed earlier this month that fake accounts linked to a Russian company bought more than $100,000 worth of political ads during the presidential election, adding a new dimension to the ongoing investigations into allegations of Russian election interference.
"For awhile, we had found no evidence of fake accounts linked to Russian Federation running ads", Zuckerberg said Thursday.
In one change, Facebook will make it possible for anyone to see any political ad that runs on Facebook, no matter whom it targets.
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The company announced last month that it would not be charging customers an extra holiday shipping fee like it did past year . Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also made changes to their positions in the business.
Another step: Strengthening the company's ad review process for political ads.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg said his company is "actively working" with government investigators on the matter.
Reports last week also saw that Facebook, along with other social media, allow users to advertise specifically to certain hate groups such as "Jew haters".
Facebook said in a blog post that "disclosing content is not something we do lightly under any circumstances".
Zuckerberg said the company won't be able to catch all content in its system, since "we don't check what people say before they say it", but that users breaking community standards or the law will "face consequences afterward". "We believe the public deserves a full accounting of what happened in the 2016 election, and we've concluded that sharing the ads we've discovered, in a manner that is consistent with our obligations to protect user information, can help".