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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has said US Congress should “absolutely” publicly release ads from its platform that were purchased by Russia-linked accounts.
Sandberg made the comments to Axios in her first public interview since Facebook disclosed it had discovered ads bought by Russia-linked accounts.
Asked by interviewer Mike Allen whether she supported the public release of the ads, Sandberg said: “Absolutely.”
She said: “Things happened on our platform in this election that should not have happened, especially troubling foreign interference in a democratic election. We know we have a responsibility to do everything we can to prevent this kind of abuse.”
Sandberg met with the US government this week to discuss Facebook’s role in the US election last year.
“In my meetings with the government yesterday, I talked about how we’re fully cooperating with their investigation – Congress and the special counsel – we’re giving our piece, but they can understand the whole picture. I reiterated that it’s important they get the whole picture and explain that transparently to the American public. When they wanted to make a decision, we stand ready to help them.”
Congress has asked Facebook to help scrub the ads of any personal information before releasing them.