House intel committee will release Russian-funded Facebook ads

House intel committee will release Russian-funded Facebook ads

Google's internal investigation found $4,700 of search ads and display ads that the company believes are Russian-connected, and found $53,000 of ads with political content that were purchased from Russian internet providers, building addresses or with Russian currency, people familiar with the investigation said.

A new report claims companies who advertise on social media platforms are growing nervous and may start to pull back their spending over fears of how and where their ads appear. He said the release will probably not come before a November 1 public hearing the committee is holding with executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google.

Google has discovered Russian operatives spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads on its YouTube, Gmail and Google Search products in an effort to meddle in the 2016 United States presidential election, a person briefed on the company's probe told Reuters on Monday.

A study published on Monday by researchers with the Oxford Internet Institute, which is affiliated with the British university, found that current USA military personnel and veterans were targeted by disinformation campaigns on Twitter and Facebook over the past year by a nexus of pro-Kremlin, Russian-oriented sites, along with conspiracy theorists and European right-wing ideologues. The ads - viewed by 10 million U.S. users - in many instances sought to stir political unrest, often by riling viewers on divisive issues related to race, religion, immigration and gun control. The Senate Intelligence Committee is also holding an open hearing with the three companies that day.

At the meeting with Republicans, Rep. Greg Walden - the leader of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which oversees tech - "inquired about Facebook's latest efforts to protect Americans' personal information online and ensure the platform is enforcing its terms of use rules", a panel source told Recode.

Sandberg is in Washington this week meeting with other lawmakers as well.

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Asked what he wanted to know from Sandberg, Hoyer said: "What they knew and when they knew it".

Twitter and Facebook have said Russian Federation bought ads and had accounts on their platforms.

"It will be released by our committee", said Schiff. At the end of September, Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) penned a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asking that the company "ensure that discriminatory and tactically divisive ad-targeting is aggressively prevented".

Elliot Schrage, vice president of Policy and Communications at Facebook, said: "The threats we're confronting are bigger than any one company, or even any one industry".

Sandberg also was expected to meet Thursday with the Congressional Black Caucus.

Last week, Facebook announced it would be hiring an additional 1,000 ad reviewers to crack down on these issues. The member declined to be named because the ads aren't yet public.

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