Trump's Blistering Response to Facebook Turning Over Russian Ads Leaves Many Concerned
Facebook is turning over to Congress thousands of advertisements suspected to be linked to the Russian attempt to undermine last year's presidential election, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday.
Zuckerberg shared the company's "next steps" during a Facebook Live video stream from the Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, where he addressed measures the social media giant is taking to protect the integrity of future elections.
"As a general rule, we are limited in what we can discuss publicly about law enforcement investigations, so we may not always be able to share our findings publicly," Zuckerberg said. "But we support Congress in deciding how to best use this information to inform the public, and we expect the government to publish its findings when their investigation is complete."
This month, a Facebook investigation found a suspected Russian operation spent $100,000 on issues-related advertisements from June 2015 to May 2017.
In a tweet early Friday, President Donald Trump appeared to dismiss the scrutiny of ads on Facebook.
As the content of the ads has not yet been released we cannot know for sure that the ads were pro Trump, but neither can Trump. This has left many wondering why he was so quick to call the ads a "hoax" before all the information was in; unless of course, Trump knows something we don't yet about the content of the Russian ads which caused him to weigh in defensively so quickly.