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Facebook's Sandberg Knocks Twitter for Blocking Blackburn Ad

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Facebook Inc. Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said on Thursday the company was fully committed to helping USA congressional investigators publicly release Russia-backed political ads that ran during the 2016 US election.

Following Ms Sandberg's comments, Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said that they would eventually release those ads.

Chief Operating Officer Cheryl Sandberg made the announcement during a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill Thursday, Oct. 12, as part of her tour of Washington.

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"Things happened on our platform in this election that should not have happened, especially troubling foreign interference in a democratic election", she said. However, congressional investigators say that if Russian messengers used fake identities, they would have no legal claims to privacy. Before her time at Google and later Facebook, she worked for Larry Summers, the treasury secretary under President Bill Clinton. Facebook, she said, does owe America an apology.

"None of us should want this kind of foreign interference and in others to prevent it, we are all going to have to fully cooperate with each other, with government, across the board", Sandberg said. Some 470 accounts spent a total of approximately 100,000 between June 2015 to May 2017 on ads that touted fake or misleading news, according to Facebook.

Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has backtracked from calling the idea of Facebook's influence on the election "pretty insane".

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"Absolutely", Ms Sandberg told Axios when asked if she supported releasing those ads publicly.

A member of Congress who viewed about 70 of the roughly 3,000 ads told The Associated Press that they were meant to stir up strong emotions on all sides. "In that ad, there's a lot of positions that people don't like, that I don't like".

Besides discussing election meddling, the members also pushed for Facebook to improve diversity in its workforce, particularly in its upper management. Facebook has eight board members, all white. Just two of them, including Sandberg, are women.

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