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Facebook Turns Over Details of Russian Campaign Ads to Mueller

Facebook Turns Over Details of Russian Campaign Ads to Mueller

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, Republican from North Carolina, said this week he wanted a "full accounting" of what happened given Facebook's own admission that Russians appeared to buy US$100,000 (RM419,200) in political ads in the United States a year ago, and has said a public hearing is more likely than not.

After obtaining a search warrant, Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team received records of fraudulent Facebook accounts and the targeted ads they purchased during the election, according to the Wall Street Journal and CNN.

Facebook disclosed last week that approximately 500 fake Facebook accounts with ties to Russian Federation bought $100,000 in ads during the two-years leading up to the 2016 election. The information provided to Congress included copies of the ads and buyers' identities.

Facebook policy dictates that it will only turn over "the stored contents of any account", including messages and location information, in response to a search warrant.

CBS News' Jeff Pegues reports the extent of Russia's activity on the social media platform was more than just one false notice of an anti-immigration rally in Idaho, and a source familiar with the investigation said there are likely more "Facebook fronts" of Russians urging Americans to take action. Facebook marketing is becoming increasingly important for election strategy, but social media ads are not legally required to provide the same transparency as ads that run on more traditional forums like television.

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Warner also indicated that his committee may call Facebook, Twitter and other social media networks in for "some level of public hearing".

"I think there's much more than 350-odd accounts that were involved in this process", Warner said, referring to ads linked to Russian Federation that the company acknowledged last week.

Facebook is launching the program in Canada as internet companies seek to fend off criticism they are not doing enough to thwart online interference with elections and politics.

Mueller has his team are investigating possible Russian influence in the 2016 USA presidential election.

The House and Senate Intelligence Committees are also looking into the matter.