Face­book fa­vors re­lease of Rus­sia-linked ads

The Korea Times - - WORLD BUSINESS -

NEW YORK (AP) — A top Face­book ex­ec­u­tive says ads linked to Rus­sia try­ing to in­flu­ence the U.S. pres­i­den­tial elec­tion should “ab­so­lutely” be re­leased to the pub­lic, along with in­for­ma­tion on whom the ads were tar­get­ing.

Pre­vi­ously, Face­book de­clined to make the ads pub­lic. While Face­book’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer, Sh­eryl Sand­berg, now fa­vors the re­lease, she didn’t say Thurs- day when the com­pany would do so.

The com­pany dis­closed last month that it found ads linked to fake ac­counts — likely run from Rus­sia — that sought to in­flu­ence the elec­tion. Face­book says these ads fo­cused on di­vi­sive po­lit­i­cal is­sues, such as im­mi­gra­tion and gun rights, in an ap­par­ent at­tempt to sow dis­cord among the U.S. pop­u­la­tion.

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