Kremlin says it's not involved in Russia-linked Facebook ads

Posted September 22, 2017

Facebook also turned over the ads to Robert Mueller, the special counsel running the Department of Justice investigation into Russian election tampering.

Most of the ads run by the accounts didn't directly reference the USA presidential election, voting, or particular candidates but instead appeared focused on "amplifying divisive social and political messages across the ideological spectrum", according to Stamos. "We have been investigating this for many months, and for a while, we had found no evidence of fake accounts linked to Russian Federation running ads", he explained. It wants that people should get full accounting and assessments of what happened in the 2016 Presidential elections so that the integrity of USA elections is maintained. Congress is best placed to use the information we and others provide to inform the public comprehensively and completely.

Facebook said it will also continue its review and investigation. "And that's what we're going to focus on doing", Zuckerberg said. Facebook also said it's possible there are more ads from other fake accounts.

Well Zuckerberg claims he's "spent a lot of time with our teams on the question of Russian interference in the U.S. elections", and that he cares "deeply about the democratic process and protecting its integrity".

This week, he announced that Facebook users will now be able to visit advertisers' pages to see what they're advertising, and who they're targeting. That means that whatever recommendations Mueller - and the congressional committees also investigating Russia's role in 2016 - make to Trump about how to keep this from happening again are likely to be ignored or minimized.

"We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the USA presidential election". "Well, I think all of these social media providers are faced with many challenges", Tillerson said on ABC's "Good Morning America", pointing to their use by militant groups around the world as well as in election campaigns.

"For years, Facebook has pressured the Federal Election Commission not to extend existing disclaimer requirements to online political ads, which helped create the secrecy that gave rise to foreign interference in the 2016 elections", Potter wrote. "I'm disappointed it's taken 10 months of raising this issue before they've become much more transparent". If it didn't share this information with Congress, people may have accused it of putting its interests ahead of the integrity of presidential elections.

Some of the Facebook and Twitter accounts praised Trump and derided Hillary Clinton.

Many Facebook ads are bought through a self-service system that doesn't require interaction with a salesperson, making it harder to know who's behind a purchase.