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Facebook supports full disclosure on Russia-backed ads:

AFP  |  Washington 

Facebook's number two executive Sheryl Sandberg said today the company supports the decision to release the contents and targets of Russia-backed political ads on the in the 2016

Sandberg, in a visit to where she lawmakers probing Russian efforts to manipulate during the election, said is "fully cooperating" with investigations in and a special counsel.

"We think it's important that (investigators) get the whole picture and explain that transparently to the American public," Sandberg said in an interview with the site Axios that was streamed live.

Sandberg said would provide additional material to investigators as needed to determine the level of foreign interference in the US

"We gave them so far the ads plus the pages they linked to," said Sandberg, who is Facebook's chief operating officer.

"We'll continue to provide information."

Asked if that meant providing data on how ads were targeted to specific groups of people, Sandberg said was prepared to do so.

"We're going to give them the material they want," she said.

US lawmakers have said they planned to release the ads placed on Facebook once any personal information on users is removed.

Last month, Facebook agreed to hand over the ads to congressional investigators in addition to special counsel Robert Mueller.

Facebook also agreed to hire additional staff to help screen potentially illegal political ads.

Sandberg acknowledged that "things happened on our platform in this that should not have happened, especially foreign interference."

According to Facebook, some 10 million people may have viewed the ads placed by a Russian entity that appeared aimed at sowing division and mistrust.

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.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, October 12 2017. 20:28 IST