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 WarnerSenate panel advances Trump IRS nominee Bipartisan bill would bring needed funds to deteriorating National Park Service infrastructure Senate Dems press for info on any deals from Trump-Putin meeting 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 BurrCongress should build upon the ABLE Act, giving more Americans with disabilities access to financial tools Christine Todd Whitman: Trump should step down over Putin press conference GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki 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.