As Russia investigation continues, how much responsibility should Facebook take for its ads?

Oct 4, 2017

Senate Intelligence Committee Leaders Brief The Media On Russia Investigation

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and committee Vice Chair Mark Warner (D-VA) (R) hold a news conference on the status of the committee’s inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election at the U.S. Capitol October 4, 2017 in Washington, DC.; Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images


Things are getting heated for Facebook as the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation continues.

Earlier this week, the social media site had to turn over more than 3,000 Russia-linked ads to Congress. The politically divisive ads were posted during the 2016 presidential campaign, and came from fake accounts tied to Russia. Those ads totaled $100,000 in revenue for the social media giant.

As reported by ABC News, Senate Intelligence Committee members gave an update on the investigation at a press conference on Wednesday, and said that the general “issue of collusion” with Russia and the 2016 campaign remains open.

So how should Facebook have handled these ads? Is there a stronger vetting process that Facebook should use? Or is it too much to expect a social media site to regulate all of its content?


Josh Meyer, senior investigative reporter for POLITICO; he has been following the story; he tweets @JoshMeyerDC

Sarah Frier, technology reporter for Bloomberg News; she’s been following the story; she tweets @sarahfrier

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