Facebook had attracted a lot of attention during last US presidential election due to its role in spreading fake news. While the social networking giant has over last several months has introduced several steps to prevent the spread of fake news. However, recently it was revealed that a large number of fake Russian accounts might have played a major role with targeted ads worth more than $100,000. As a result of this, Robert Mueller and his team asked the social networking giant to hand over the details of the accounts used for spreading fake news. And now, the social networking giant has reportedly handed over copies of advertisements and other details to the team.
According to the newly released details, the advertisements were run between June 2015 and May 2017 and understandably, the social networking giant has since then has banned the accounts and pages associated with the spread of falsified information. However, according to reports, the Senate Intelligence Committee has felt that Facebook hasn’t been helpful in their approach so far.
In addition to Facebook, investigators are preparing for asking other social networking sites such as Twitter to find out if the advertisements had played major roles during the presidential election. While Facebook at start declined to share the account details with the government officials due to the company’s privacy policies, the company eventually decided to assist the investigators by providing relevant information.
However, we will have to wait some time to find out if the accounts and advertisements used to spread falsified information had major effects on the US presidential election. Most importantly, the social networking giant is expected to introduce several measures to protect similar incidents during the upcoming Canadian elections of 2019.
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