Facing an intense scrutiny over the presence of Russian ads on its platform during the 2016 American presidential election, Facebook will finally hand over nearly 3,000 Russian political ads to US Congress on Monday. According to a ReCode report, along with the Russian ads, Facebook plans to share information about the users those ads targeted and how they were paid for with the House and Senate Intelligence Committees as well as the Senate Judiciary Committee. Also Read - Twitter Voice Tweets rolling out for iOS: What are they, how to sendAlso Read - World Emoji Day 2021: Twitter reveals 10 most used emojis in 2021 in India
“All three committees are investigating the extent to which Russia may have interfered in last fall’s US presidential election,” the report added. Facebook is facing a probe after disclosing the details about the presence of Russian political ads worth $100,000. After an extensive legal and policy review, the social media giant recently announced that it would share 3,000 Russian ads with Congressional investigators. Also Read - Facebook gives voice to emojis with Soundmoji: Here's how to send
Google, Facebook, and Twitter have been invited to testify to the Senate Intelligence Committee on November 1 over the Russian probe. Facebook earlier handed over the details to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is currently investigating claims of alleged Russian meddling in the election, included copies of the ads and details about the accounts that bought them and the targeting criteria they used. ALSO READ: Facebook blocks man s account for Kamal Ka Phool Humari Bhool status message
As the probe into Moscow’s alleged meddling in the election intensifies, Twitter also announced that it has deleted over 200 fake Russian accounts and identified Russia Today of buying bought ads targeted at American users’ accounts. In a closed-door meeting last week, Colin Crowell, Twitter’s Vice President for Public Policy, met with staff from Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to discuss the issue. ALSO READ: Facebook to launch new tool to help you find blood donors easily
Twitter also shared with committee staff ads that three Russia Today accounts targeted to the US market in 2016. “Based on our findings thus far, RT spent $274,100 in US ads in 2016. In that year, the three RT accounts promoted 1,823 tweets that definitely or potentially targeted the US market,” Twitter said.
Google has also launched a probe into the role its services could have played in the Russian interference. “Google is conducting a broad internal investigation to determine whether Russian-linked entities used its ads or services to try to manipulate voters ahead of the US election,” media reports said last week.