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October 12, 2017

House Intelligence Committee Will Make Public Russia’s Facebook Ads

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook chief operating officer, USA; Young Global Leader is captured during the session 'Handling Hyper-connectivity' at the Annual Meeting 2011 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 28, 2011. Copyright by World Economic Forum swiss-image.ch/Photo by Jolanda Flubacher

The House Intelligence Committee has announced it will make public the Facebook ads purchased by Russian-backed groups to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential race.

The announcement comes after representatives met with Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg Wednesday.

Adam Schiff

“We’ve asked for Facebook’s help to scrub any personally identifiable information, but it’s our hope that when that concludes we can release them publicly,” Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff was quoted by Business Insider.

Schiff and Rep. Mike Conaway said the ads would not be released before Facebook is set to testify about the ads before Congress Nov. 1.

Conaway said the committee planned to release the ads as quickly as possible after the testimony has been heard.

Facebook representatives have been asked to testify on Nov. 1 in front of a House Intelligence Committee, which is looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The social networking firm must also appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee that day to answer questions on the same issue. Google and Twitter reps have also been asked to testify in front of both panels.

Conaway told reporters it is not yet known which company representatives would attend the hearings, “but we believe the three companies will be represented that will be meaningful to this conversation.”

The Senate and House Intelligence committees are both investigating suspicions that Russia actively interfered in the U.S. presidential race in a bid to get now-president Donald Trump elected. There have been whispers as well about Trump’s people working together with Russia to make his presidency happen — accusations both parties have denied.


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Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

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