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Facebook has "an enormous responsibility" for Russian interference in USA election

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"They've got to be able to do better", he said.

Facebook has admitted it shouldn't have allowed fake Russian accounts to fund ads supporting Trump in the U.S. election and will do everything in its power to help authorities get to the bottom of the alleged election interference campaign. The social media platform says that Russia-linked groups spent about $150,000 on political ads, including some promotions that mentioned either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton by name. Facebook later disclosed that information to Congress, which is investigating Russian meddling in the election.

In an interview with Axios, the social network's COO Sheryl Sandberg said Facebook has "an enormous responsibility here", and thinks it's vital the government finds out what really happened and explains it to the American public. If the company accepts that it is a media firm, it would open the platform up to regulatory rules in the USA and other countries which Facebook would rather avoid.

Facebook disclosed last month that it had found some 3,000 politically divisive advertisements believed to have been bought by Russian Federation before and after the presidential campaign.

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The sources said investigators were also pressing Twitter, Google and other companies for similar data, and urging Twitter to conduct a more comprehensive search of its data banks. "Any time there is abuse on our platform, it troubles us". The company's 2017 diversity report showed that women now make up 35 percent of Facebook's global workforce, up from 33 percent past year.

Sandberg's meeting with the caucus was just the latest stop in an apology tour launched after Facebook faced harsh criticism for denying, back tracking, then finally admitting the key role it played in Russia's disinformation campaign.

They said Facebook lawyers have argued that turning over additional data could compromise its promise of privacy to its users.

Contrary to her claim, Facebook hired former NBC anchor Campbell Brown in January to head up the company's news division and work with other journalists to maximise their use of Facebook's platform.