Facebook's Sandberg Knocks Twitter for Blocking Blackburn Ad

Pablo Tucker
October 13, 2017

The company has now shared with congressional investigators the ads, information on how they were paid for, and how they were targeted, a Facebook spokesman said.

Asked if Facebook contributed to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's defeat past year, Sandberg, an open Clinton supporter during the campaign, did not answer directly but said it was important the website was "free from abuse" during any election in any country.

In an interview with Axios, the social network's COO Sheryl Sandberg said Facebook has "an enormous responsibility here", and thinks it's vital the government finds out what really happened and explains it to the American public.

Chief Operating Officer Cheryl Sandberg made the announcement during a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill Thursday, Oct. 12, as part of her tour of Washington. "Not just an apology, but determination for our role in enabling Russian interference during the election", she said. Before her time at Google and later Facebook, she worked for Larry Summers, the treasury secretary under President Bill Clinton.

Sandberg said Facebook wanted other internet companies to work toward making ad purchases more transparent, and she said Facebook was talking with lawmakers who want to introduce legislation on the issue.

Sandberg said Facebook would provide additional material to investigators as needed to determine the level of foreign interference in the USA election. Sandberg said it was important to protect "free expression" on Facebook and that if the Russian ads had been bought by legitimate accounts instead of fraudulent ones, many would have been allowed to run on the site.

Facebook, Twitter, and Google are all under federal scrutiny for the role their platforms played in Russian meddling in the election.

Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has backtracked from calling the idea of Facebook's influence on the election "pretty insane".

"You can ask her about the response", Clyburn told Politico.

A member of Congress who viewed about 70 of the roughly 3,000 ads told The Associated Press that they were meant to stir up strong emotions on all sides. "In that ad, there's a lot of positions that people don't like, that I don't like".

Facebook, in particular, has earned Lazowska's ire. Currently, Facebook's eight-member board of directors is all white and 75 per cent male.

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