Published: Sat, October 14, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

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

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During Sandberg's visit, caucus members not only took Facebook to task over its lily-white board of directors, prompting Sanberg's vow to help diversify the company, but also the Russian-bought ad referencing Black Lives Matter meant to fuel race-based tensions. The accounts created to fund the ads and the ads themselves have now been removed, however. "When you allow free expression, you allow free expression".

Facebook found the ads on its network and said they had appeared in the months preceding and following the election on November 8.

"Things happened on our platform that shouldn't have happened" in the lead-up to the election, Sandberg told the Axios website on Thursday. Before her time at Google and later Facebook, she worked for Larry Summers, the treasury secretary under President Bill Clinton.

Sandberg and others from Facebook were asked to appear before congressional panels earlier this week to provide the information.

"None of us should want this kind of foreign interference and in others to prevent it, we are all going to have to fully cooperate with each other, with government, across the board", Sandberg said.

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Sandberg didn't say whether she believes Facebook played a role in electing Donald Trump as president, as critics have said it did by allowing the spread of fake news on its service.

Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has backtracked from calling the idea of Facebook's influence on the election "pretty insane". "And it's not just content, it's ads, because when you're thinking about political speech, ads are really important".

Facebook disclosed last month that it had found some 3,000 politically divisive advertisements believed to have been bought by Russian Federation before and after the presidential campaign. "In that ad, there's a lot of positions that people don't like, that I don't like".

Rep. Cedric Richmond, a Democrat from Louisiana who chairs the caucus, said that 95 percent of the 3,000 ads were placed on Facebook itself, while the remaining five percent were on Instagram.

Facebook, in particular, has earned Lazowska's ire.

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