Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, is planning to release the content of more than 3,000 ads purchased by Russian operatives during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, reversing a decision that had frustrated Capitol Hill investigators.
Zuckerberg announced on Thursday that the company will share with Congress “the content and related information of the more than 3,000 ads that appear to be linked with a Russian entity known as the Internet Research Agency”, the company said.
Facebook has been engulfed in a political storm over Moscow’s use of social media to meddle in US politics after revealing that Russian actors purchased at least $100,000 worth of “divisive” ads on the site between June 2015 and May 2017.
Democratic and Republican lawmakers have since united to accuse Facebook of being insufficiently forthcoming. The company had not revealed what the ads looked like, what messages they contained, or how many Americans saw them.