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Facebook anti-Clinton ads? FEC member probes Russia link

A member of the US election watchdog group calls for an investigation into possible Facebook ads bought by Russian agents, according to a report.

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Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, met with President Donald Trump last year ahead of his inauguration.

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A member of the US Federal Election Commission is calling for the watchdog agency to look into possible Russian purchases of ads on Facebook to spread damaging stories about Hillary Clinton ahead of November's election, according to a report by Politico.

Possible Russian interference in the US presidential election has spawned a web of investigations across the US government, including a high-profile FBI inquiry examining people involved with the campaign of President Donald Trump.

FEC commissioner Ellen Weintraub, a Democrat, said she saw the potential for a violation but wasn't prejudging "anything that could potentially come before me," according to the Politico report.

Neither the White House nor Facebook immediately responded to messages seeking comment.