House Intel Dems preparing to release Russia-linked Facebook ads

House Intel Dems preparing to release Russia-linked Facebook ads
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Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee are gearing up to publicly release a trove of Facebook ads linked to Russia. 

“We have been in ongoing discussions with Facebook and hope to have the final redacted ads in our possession within a matter of days. As soon as we receive them, it is our intention to share them with the public," Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOvernight Hillicon Valley — Hacking goes global Schiff calls on Amazon, Facebook to address spread of vaccine misinformation Spotlight turns to GOP's McCarthy in Jan. 6 probe MORE (D-Calif.), ranking member on the committee, said in a statement to The Hill on Sunday.
The Wall Street Journal was the first to report on the potential release of the ads. According to the report, as many as 3,000 could be released.  

The release could provide further insight into how much Facebook was exploited by Russian actors during the 2016 presidential election. 


According to the Journal, the ads could be released early this week depending on whether the panel's Democrats can reach an agreement with Facebook over how much to redact.

Facebook said the ads were purchased by the Internet Research Agency, which has been tied to the Kremlin.

The House Intelligence Committee has been plagued by infighting between its Democratic and Republican members. 

The Republican-majority committee released their final report last month detailing Russia's election meddling, saying there was no evidence of collusion between President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE and Russia's election interference. 

However, Democrats on the committee pushed back, saying the probe had not yet concluded and that the investigation was politically fraught. 

The report comes as Facebook finds itself in hot water for its handling of Russia's use of the platform during the 2016 campaign. 

Facebook revealed in September it had identified 470 accounts connected to the Internet Research Agency, who purchased 3,000 ads meant to foment political tension during the campaign. 

The social media company has also faced backlash over its relationship with British research firm Cambridge Analytica, which had connections to the Trump campaign and has since announced it is shutting down.

Facebook said in March that the research firm improperly harvested the data of 87 million Facebook users, going against its policies.

Updated at 9:40 p.m.