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Facebook has "an enormous responsibility" for Russian interference in U.S. election

13 October 2017, 09:29 | Opal Carroll

Facebook has "an enormous responsibility" for Russian interference in US election

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg says Congress should 'absolutely' release Russia adverts

"Things happened on our platform in this election that should not have happened", Sandberg said in an interview in Washington with Axios news that was broadcast on its website.

"We know that we have a responsibility to do everything we can to prevent this kind of abuse", she added.

USA lawmakers have said they planned to release the ads placed on Facebook once any personal information on users is removed.

She appeared to sidestep the questions and said only that targeting on Facebook was often very broad.

Business Insider said a firm that is a major source of news and information for people, generates billions in ad revenue and is producing its own original television shows is classified as a media company and Facebook does all of that.

Sandberg and others from Facebook appeared before U.S. congressional panels looking into reports of Russian interference in the election.

Last month, Facebook agreed to hand over the ads to congressional investigators in addition to special counsel Robert Mueller.

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Sandberg acknowledged that the company had erred in how it handled the issue of foreign interference previous year.

Sandberg said Facebook would provide additional material to investigators as needed to determine the level of foreign interference in the USA election.

"We're going to give them the material they want", she said.

She said the company had been too permissive at times in terms of how advertisers were allowed to target users.

Axios co-founder Mike Allen asked Sandberg whether Twitter made a mistake in blocking Blackburn's ad.

She also said, the site had taken steps to stop those behind the fake accounts profiting from the ads they put on Facebook. Twitter later reversed its decision. "And it's not just content, it's ads, because when you're thinking about political speech, ads are really important". "In that ad, there's a lot of positions that people don't like, that I don't like".

Business Insider said Britain was already considering regulations that would treat Facebook more like a media company.



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