Facebook takes out full-page ads promising to fight election interference

Facebook takes out full-page ads promising to fight election interference
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Facebook took out full-page ads in major newspapers Wednesday promising to fight “election interference” as investigators probe whether Russia used the platform to try to influence the 2016 presidential election.

“We take the trust of the Facebook community seriously,” reads the ad, which appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. “We will fight any attempt to interfere with elections or civic engagement on Facebook.”

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The ads also included a nine-point list of steps the company says it is taking to fight attempts to meddle in elections, including hiring 1,000 people to review the content of ads around the world and expanding its security teams.

Facebook handed over to Congress this week the 3,000 ads that it believes were bought by Russian actors with fraudulent accounts. The company has also revealed that an estimated 10 million people in the U.S. saw the ads, which Facebook sold for $100,000. 

The controversy has led to increased scrutiny on Facebook’s advertising practices, which are the foundation of its business model.