Facebook apologizes for allowing Russian ads to interfere with 2016 campaign
Thursday October 12, 2017. 07:37 PM , from Ars Technica
Enlarge / Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, walks to a meeting with members of the Congressional Black Caucus at the US Capitol, October 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. (credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
A top Facebook executive said Thursday that the company regrets how Russian influence on the social network played out in the run-up to last year's presidential election.
'We know we have a responsibility to prevent everything we can from this happening on our platforms,' COO Sheryl Sandberg told Axios. 'So we told Congress and the Intelligence committees that when they are ready to release the ads, we are ready to help them.'
On Wednesday, leaders of the House Intelligence Committee, which has been investigating the connections between the ads and the election, said it would publicly release thousands of ads.
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