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Facebook will help investigators release Russian Federation ads, Sandberg tells Axios

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Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg criticized rival social media platform Twitter for its decision to block Rep. Marsha Blackburn's Senate announcement video because it contained an "inflammatory" statement regarding Planned Parenthood.

Sandberg acknowledged that "things happened on our platform in this election that should not have happened, especially foreign interference".

Facebook has handed over the information it holds, including the ads, the pages they link to and who they were targeted at, to the Congress and Intelligence committees investigating the alleged election interference. "We know we have a responsibility to do everything we can to prevent this kind of abuse".

Sandberg and others from Facebook appeared before United States congressional panels looking into reports of Russian interference in the election.

The company is hiring 4,000 people to weed out ads placed by fake users and investing in machine learning to help.

"We do not want this kind of foreign interference in Facebook", she added.




"We're going to give them the material they want", she said.

"What we needed Facebook to understand is that they play a role in the perception of African-Americans, and they are influencers that use their platform to influence this country", Cedric Richmond, CBC chairman, told reporters.

Last month, Facebook agreed to hand over the ads to congressional investigators in addition to special counsel Robert Mueller.

"So, Twitter took down the ad and put it back up", Sandberg said. "But the question is, 'Should divisive political or issue ads run?' Our answer is yes because when you cut off speech for one person you cut off speech for all people", she said.

Axios co-founder Mike Allen asked Sandberg whether Twitter made a mistake in blocking Blackburn's ad. Representatives from Facebook, Google and Twitter are expected to testify about Russian influence at hearings before the Senate and House intelligence committees on November 1.



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