Facebook plans better 'election integrity,' Trump says it's part of 'Russia hoax'

Facebook plans better 'election integrity,' Trump says it's part of 'Russia hoax'

The Russia hoax continues, now it's ads on Facebook.

Facebook, which had said as recently as July that it had found no evidence of fraudulent Russian ad purchases, said earlier this month that it had removed the 470 profiles and pages that it said were linked to the Internet Research Agency, a Russian company with Kremlin ties.

Political momentum is building in the USA over a perceived failure on the part of Federal Election Commission to address the growth of online political advertisements on platforms such as Facebook, Google and Twitter. The company disclosed the ads earlier this month, and at the time, it said that it planned to hand over info about them only to the Special Counsel investigating claims that Russian Federation interfered with the election.

The company says it will share information about political advertisements with a USA government investigation.

Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch stated in a blog post, "We believe it is vitally important that government authorities have the information they need to deliver to the public a full assessment of what happened in the 2016 election". As part of this co-operation it will share information about 3,000 political advertisements linked to Russian Federation with investigators.

The president was responding to the news that Mark Zuckerberg turned over information about Facebook ads purchased by Russian Federation, as they tried to influence the election. Generally speaking, advertisers just have to create a Facebook page, add their credit card and then submit their ad, which after a review is approved and run for the designated period.

One of the major reasons why this interference came out later is because most users who post ads on Facebook using Self-Service tools.

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"That's not what we stand for", he said. "And as we've shared before, our teams have found and shut down thousands of fake accounts that could be attempting to influence elections in many countries, including recently in the French elections".

Also Friday, the Kremlin denied it had placed any advertisements on Facebook to influence the USA election.

The US president made the comments a day after Facebook said it would provide Congressional investigators with the contents of those adverts, following weeks of scrutiny surrounding the social network's role in influencing elections. And those ads probably also had more impact than previously assumed, because they led users to steady streams of other content.

Facebook won't catch everyone immediately, he added, but it can "make it harder to try to interfere". "The integrity of our elections is fundamental to democracy around the world". Facebook did not know the Russia-linked ads were part of a possible Kremlin operation as the time of purchase because the users uploaded the ads using Facebook's self-service tool, Schrage wrote. "And that's what we're going to do".

"We are in a new world", he said.

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

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