Wall Street Journal: Facebook Says It Will Hand Over Russia-Backed Ads to Congress
Facebook Inc., under fire for its response to Russian activity on its site before the U.S. presidential election, agreed to hand over detailed information on thousands of Russian-backed ads to congressional investigators and said it would take steps to increase political transparency.
The measures include disclosure requirements for political ads on Facebook’s platform, boosting its ad-review process and adding more than 250 employees to its team working on election integrity, more than doubling the size of that group.
“American voters have a powerful and compelling interest in knowing who is seeking to influence their vote,” said Trevor Potter, president of Campaign Legal Center, which advocates for more disclosure and regulation of money in politics. Facebook’s handing over of the ads “is a step in the right direction, but not nearly far enough.”