The leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee's Russian Federation investigation said Wednesday they intend to publicly release thousands of politically divisive Facebook ads purchased by Russian Federation during last year's presidential election.
Congressional committees and special counsel Robert Mueller are investigating Russian interference in the election, including whether there was any collusion between Trump associates and Moscow.
But she also said that had the ads been linked to legitimate, rather than fake, Facebook accounts, "most of them would have been allowed to run".
"We know we have a responsibility to prevent everything we can from this happening on our platforms", Sandberg said, "and so we told Congress and the intelligence committees that when they are ready to release the ads, we are ready to help them". As recently as July 20th, the social media titan insisted that Russian actors hadn't bought advertisements on the network - though, to their credit, the contractors Facebook uses to scan potential ads weren't trained to screen out political content or propaganda.
Sandberg is in Washington this week meeting with other lawmakers as well.
Sandberg is meeting with elected officials in Washington this week ahead of a House hearing at which executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google are expected to testify.
Without offering specifics, Sandberg said that "things happened on our platform in this election that should not have happened - especially, and very troubling, [sic] foreign interference in a democratic election".
According to sources at Google, the ads on its various platforms, which include Gmail, YouTube and its Double Click ad network, were not purchased by the same Russian entity that bought the ads on Facebook.
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House lawmakers investigating Russia's suspected meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election are hoping to release copies of the 3,000 Facebook ads purchased by Kremlin-aligned agents and trolls.
But Sandberg acknowledged the company had erred in how it handled the issue of foreign interference a year ago.
He said Sandberg also indicated the company wants the help of the intelligence community to identify who may be using Facebook for those reasons.
Facebook said last month that the ads focused on divisive political messages, including LGBT issues, immigration and gun rights, and were seen by an estimated 10 million people.
Twitter took down the video, saying a remark Blackburn made about opposing abortion was inflammatory, but later recanted.
One member of Congress who viewed the ads said that of about 70 that person had viewed, all of them had racial themes.
The Facebook COO dodged several questions during the Axios interview, including one on whether or not Facebook owed the American people an apology.
All three companies have been asked to testify publicly about Russian interference before both the House and Senate intelligence panels on November 1.