"We believe the public deserves a full accounting of what happened in the 2016 election", Stretch wrote. Facebook has said it was cooperating with related federal investigations, and the revelations have lended credence to the findings of USA intelligence officials that Russian Federation was involved in influencing the 2016 presidential election. However, Facebook did handover the information to FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller under a search warrant, it was reported last week. "We don't check what people say before they say it, and frankly, I don't think our society should want us to", Zuckerberg said.
Meanwhile, Facebook has agreed to release the 3,000 ads it had identified as having been purchased by accounts associated with a Russian organization called the Internet Research Agency (and which might have played a role in shaping results of the election).
Zuckerberg said he directed his team Thursday morning to provide the ads that the company had found to Congress and said the company is conducting a "thorough review" into what happened. He added that Facebook cannot stop all interference, but that it can try to reduce election interference. The CEO tried to downplay the content that was found by Facebook saying it was "relatively small". "That's not what we stand for", Zuckerberg said in a video statement.
The company will continue to investigate Russia's use of the platform to meddle with the US election.
Mark Zuckerberg is digging more into the possible role his social network - as well as covert Russian agents - may have played in the 2016 U.S. election. "Those are democratic values, and we're proud of them".
Zuckerberg said that Facebook would "continue working with the government" and strives "to be a force for good and democracy everywhere". And, of course, we also recognize and support the important work of government investigations and take care not to take steps, like public disclosures, that might undermine them.
Describing this third step as the most important one Facebook is taking, Zuckerberg outlined a plan for bringing its political ads to "an even higher standard of transparency" than political ads in other media.
The ads, which cost about $100,000 to $150,000, focused on social issues, including same-sex marriage and LGBT civil rights, gun control, immigration, and race relations. The social media platform said approximately one-quarter of the ads were geographically targeted and ran mostly in 2015 rather than 2016.