House Democrats are ready to pull the curtain open on more than 3,000 Facebook ads bought by Russians that aimed to disrupt the 2016 US presidential election.
"We have been in ongoing discussions with Facebook and hope to have the final redacted ads in our possession within a matter of days," Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California, said in a statement. "As soon as we receive them, it is our intention to share them with the public."
Facebook, Twitter and Google have been at the center of political turmoil as lawmakers revealto launch a concerted effort against democracy. Facebook alone to the Internet Research Agency, a multi-million dollar Russian trolling operation. The IRA purchased 3,000 ads on Facebook, which were , according to Facebook.
During, lawmakers showed a preview of those ads, which focused on divisive social and political messages. Facebook promised in October it would help . And now, Democrats on the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee say they intend on releasing them this week.
Facebook pointed to its statements from last fall, and added that it's "up to Congress how/when that would be shared publicly."
Last October, Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg said the social network gave the "3,000+ ads" to US investigators. She added that Facebook is committed to helping the committee release the ads "in a way that protects peoples' privacy."
The released ads would show how much Russian trolls paid Facebook, how many people saw them, and which groups these ads were targeted to, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The Russian-linked ads led to lawmakers proposing the Honest Ads Act, which would regulate how Mark Zuckerberg said he supports the ad regulation, which Twitter .. Facebook CEO
Facebook isn't alone in its Russian-linked ad problem. Twitterto the same Russian accounts that purchased ads on Facebook, and Russian operatives also spent on ads for YouTube, Gmail and Google search.
First published May 7 at 7:41 a.m. PT.
Update at 9:18 a.m. PT: Adds statement from Facebook.
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