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Facebook Agrees to Provide to Congress Russian-Purchased Ads for 2016 Election

Facebook confirmed today that they will provide copies of roughly 3,000 political ads Russian accounts purchased by Russian accounts during last year’s presidential election. This reverses the company’s decision to only show Congress the ads but not leave them with copies to study.

Facebook’s chief Mark Zuckerberg announced the decision on Facebook Live this afternoon, pointing out that after he did an extensive legal and policy review, he felt it was extremely “important” to cooperate with Congress and that this wouldn’t endanger user privacy.

It was reported earlier this month that a Russian troll farm had purchased roughly $100,000 worth of political ads that focused largely on divisive political and social issues.

Congressional investigators had complained about a lack of cooperation from Facebook regarding these ads, claiming the social media company wasn’t cooperating with the Russia election interference probe.

Watch the clip above, via Facebook.

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