Facebook doesn't hire journalists: Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook doesn't hire journalists: Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer at Facebook, made the comments during her first public interview since Facebook announced that it had found Russia-linked accounts that bought ads during the 2016 U.S. election campaign.

Sandberg says Facebook started looking into Russian ads around election day as reports of Russian attempts to influence the election intensified.

Sandberg added that when official the investigation is complete, Facebook would release the information to the public and explain further about how it happened.

"We don't want this kind of foreign interference" on Facebook, Sandberg added.

"We'll continue to provide information".

Following Ms Sandberg's comments, Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said that they would eventually release those ads. While the company prohibits certain content such as hate speech, it does not want to prevent free expression, she said. She claims that ads and the fake accounts used to get them on Facebook have been found and removed.

Facebook also agreed to hire additional staff to help screen potentially illegal political ads.

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"Things happened on our platform in this election that should not have happened, especially troubling foreign interference in a democratic election", she said.

According to Facebook, some 10 million people may have viewed the ads placed by a Russian entity that appeared aimed at sowing division and mistrust.

Sandberg didn't say whether she believes Facebook played a role in electing Donald Trump as president, as critics have said it did by allowing the spread of fake news on its service.

Later Thursday, Sandberg met privately with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, where she was pressed on what the company is doing in response to its discovery that numerous ads pushed by Russian-linked accounts were aimed at sowing racial discord.

Facebook found roughly 3,000 ads paid for by Russian operatives related to the 2016 campaign. Some of the ads showed white police officers beating black people, said the member, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the ads aren't yet public.

"This is a very fragile moment in time for African-Americans across this country", CBC chairman Cedric Richmond said. Two, including Sandberg, are women.

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