Facebook has "an enormous responsibility" for Russian interference in U.S. election

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Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer at Facebook, made the comments during her first public interview since Facebook announced that it had found Russia-linked accounts that bought ads during the 2016 USA election campaign.

Sandberg, who was in Washington for meetings with USA lawmakers, told the congressional black caucus on Thursday that Facebook planned to add an African-American to its board of directors, a source familiar with the closed-door meeting said, but she offered no details. "No one is a journalist". The COO of the tech giant says the company will do "everything we can" to defend against foreign interference. "In fact we're a new kind of platform... as our size grows, we think we have more responsibility", the executive was quoted as saying.

A top executive at Facebook says that Congress should publicly release ads purchased by Russia-linked accounts on the social media site. She claims that ads and the fake accounts used to get them on Facebook have been found and removed.

Reportedly, Facebook does not want to harm its $500 billion valuation by admitting it is a media company.

Business Insider said Britain was already considering regulations that would treat Facebook more like a media company.

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Sandberg acknowledged that "things happened on our platform in this election that should not have happened, especially foreign interference".

"We know we have a responsibility to prevent everything we can from this happening on our platforms. and so we told Congress and the Intelligence committees that when they are ready to release the ads, we are ready to help them", she said. "When you allow free expression, you allow free expression".

Facebook said it believed the messages were likely bought by people in Russian Federation before and after the 2016 election. "Not just an apology, but determination for our role in enabling Russian interference during the election", she said.

"We have a set of strict ads policies including limits on political ad targeting and prohibitions on targeting based on race and religion", a Google spokeswoman said, asked about the issue. Several congressional committees, as well as special counsel Robert Mueller, are investigating Russian interference, including any potential collusion between Trump associates and Moscow. Representatives from Facebook, Google and Twitter are expected to testify about Russian influence at hearings before the Senate and House intelligence committees on November 1.