The company will give Congress information about thousands of accounts allegedly purchased by “Russian special services.”
Mark Zuckerberg spoke in front of Facebook Live users and announced nine points on which he intends to fight Russia’s “interference” in US elections. Later, the founder of the social network published a text version of the appeal.
First of all, Zuckerberg said, Facebook will transfer data on three thousand accounts allegedly paid for by “Russian agents”, investigators from the Congress. The entrepreneur said that he hopes that the authorities will publish the results in the public domain, when the investigation is completed.
According to the founder of Facebook, the company will continue to fight foreign advertising, especially paying attention to “groups from Russia and the post-Soviet space.” Zuckerberg intends to make political advertising in the social network “more transparent” – to see who paid for these ads.
The entrepreneur noticed that most political ads are bought automatically, and not through employees. He would like to see on the advertiser’s page what political advertising he paid for. At the same time, Zuckerberg explained that it is impossible to stop “all interventions,” but the company will also invest additional investment and hire an additional 250 employees to deal with this.
At other points, Zuckerberg called the company’s need to cooperate with election campaigns around the world, promptly notify of attempts to interfere in the elections and strengthen measures to protect the “community” in political discussions. The first steps in this direction Facebook will make in the elections in Germany starting on September 24.
September 7, Facebook reported on the discovery of political advertising on the topic of elections in the United States, which allegedly bought Russian accounts. Then the US Senate asked to disclose additional data on the impact of ads from Russia.