Senate Dem wants closer look at Russia's fake news operation on Facebook

Senate Dem wants closer look at Russia's fake news operation on Facebook
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The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said that he would like to have more talks with Facebook about Russia's possible use of the platform to push misinformation during the 2016 presidential race.

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerNSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Dem lawmaker wants briefing on major chip vulnerabilities Week ahead: Tech giants to testify on extremist content MORE (D-Va.) said in an interview with the Daily Beast that he has spoken with Facebook officials about Russia pushing fake news stories during the campaign as part of Moscow's campaign to influence the outcome of the election.

The Daily Beast also reported that Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrNSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Senate Intel chairman: No need for committee to interview Bannon McConnell: Russia probe must stay bipartisan to be credible MORE (R-N.C.) has been in talks with Facebook as part of the panel's investigation as well.

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Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment by The Hill, but told the Daily Beast in a statement that it has “been in touch with a number of government officials who are looking into the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.”

“We will continue to cooperate with officials as their investigations continue,” the company added.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has been investigating the extent of Russia’s meddling in the election.

U.S. intelligence agencies have assessed that the Kremlin intervened in order to help President Trump win the White House.