Facebook Gave Mueller Copies, Records Of Russian Firm's Ad Buy

Facebook Gave Mueller Copies, Records Of Russian Firm's Ad Buy

Facebook Gave Mueller Copies, Records Of Russian Firm's Ad Buy

Sources told the outlet this included copies of advertisements, info about which accounts purchased the ads, and the targeting criteria used.

Facebook turned over data related to the ads, in addition to a so-called Russian "troll farm" believed to be behind them.

Facebook said last week it found about US$100,000 (RM419,200) in ad spending connected to fake accounts probably run from Russian Federation.

"Our analysis suggests these accounts and Pages were affiliated with one another and likely operated out of Russia", Facebook said last week.

Facebook policy dictates that it will only turn over "the stored contents of any account", including messages and location information, in response to a search warrant.

Facebook says it's working with investigators and will continue to look into the ad buys to see if any other foreign bots purchased ads that the company hasn't found yet.

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Mueller has his team are investigating possible Russian influence in the 2016 USA presidential election. Facebook marketing is becoming increasingly important for election strategy, but social media ads are not legally required to provide the same transparency as ads that run on more traditional forums like television.

It also means that Mueller is no longer looking at Russia's election interference from a strict counterintelligence standpoint - rather, he now believes he may be able to obtain enough evidence to charge specific foreign entities with a crime.

When asked how often Facebook works with law enforcement and what sort of information the company might share, Mariotti said, "Facebook's attitude towards law enforcement is aggressive".

According to Asha Rangappa, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence agent and an associate dean at Yale Law School, "This is big news - and potentially bad news for the Russian election interference 'deniers'".

It might help uncover whether Moscow had any help from President Donald Trump's campaign team in running its so-called "disinformation" campaign to swing the election into Trump's favour.

A Facebook spokesman told the newspaper that the company was continuing its probe and was cooperating with federal authorities. USA intelligence officials say the Kremlin directed online propaganda and hacking efforts meant to help Donald Trump take the victory.

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