Facebook in recent days has come under heavy pressure after it was revealed that the social network might have played role in manipulating last US presidential election. The reports have revealed that a Russian group might have spent more than $100,000 in advertisements to promote divisive contents related to both political and social issues. And now, the company has revealed that it will provide details of the ads in question to Congress.
The entire issue has come under heavy scrutiny since the social networking giant revealed that a Russian linked entity bought more than 3,000 ads to promote contents. While the network has shut down the accounts, the ads were run from 2015 to 2017. While the ads’ influence on the US presidential election has been the major point of discussion, the advertisements were targeted to promote divisive contents related to guns, race, LGBT, and immigration. While Facebook has noted that most of the advertisements weren’t directly related to US presidential election, it is worthwhile to note that some of the advertisements probably were targeted towards achieving the goal.
The latest announcement from Facebook is certainly interesting as over the years, the social network has attracted a lot of criticisms as users often time have complained about the network’s lack of transparency. In an official statement, the company said. “Over recent weeks, we have grappled with the extraordinary nature of this particular investigation through this lens … We believe the public deserves a full accounting of what happened in the 2016 election, and we’ve concluded that sharing the ads we’ve discovered, in a manner that is consistent with our obligations to protect user information, can help.”
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