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Senators call for greater Facebook transparency amid Russian Federation investigation

Senators call for greater Facebook transparency amid Russian Federation investigation

Senator Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, gave an update on the committee's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Richard Burr (R-N.C.), told reporters Wednesday at a press conference that he can say with absolute certainty that no votes were affected by Russian Federation in the 2016 presidential election and that the committee is confident that President Donald Trump's win was based on an accurate count of the votes.

The top panel called Wednesday for a "more aggressive, whole-of-government approach" towards an ongoing investigation into alleged ties between Trump's associates and Moscow during the 2016 campaign and transition.

"We can certifiably say that no vote totals were affected", Burr said, but added later that Russian Federation had been "pretty darn successful" at creating chaos "at every level".

Burr said ahead of the news conference that he and Warner were holding it to explain "the things we are either close to closing the book on or have closed the book on". And I recommend that every campaign and every election official take this very seriously as we move into this November's election and as we move into preparation for the 2018 election. "We don't release documents provided by to our committee, period", Burr said.

"If, in fact, we find that news organizations have not covered it factually, I think that you'll see that in our report", Burr told CNN Thursday.

Over the past eight months, Burr said, the committee has conducted over 100 interviews that yielded almost 4,000 pages of transcripts. Mark Warner (D-Va.), who implied that Russian Federation had helped get Trump elected.




President Donald Trump is criticizing the Senate intelligence committee over its investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and associates of the Trump campaign. "That's not the case", said Sen. But, he added, "Clearly if any of the social media platforms would like to do that, we're fine with them doing it because we've already got scheduled an open hearing because we believe the American people deserve to hear firsthand".

Warner is also drafting legislation that would add disclosures to political ads on social media websites.

Now, an exclusive report from CNN puts MI at the center of this investigation - with Russian trolls and Facebook ads. Susan Collins, an intel member. Divisive Facebook ads believed to be linked to Russian Federation targeted specific parts of the United States past year, including states considered to be battlegrounds, according to NBC News.

Facebook said last month that $100,000 was spent on ads that ran between June of 2015 and May of this year. "None of the ads used another type of Custom Audiences targeting based on personal information such as email addresses".

Facebook said on October 2 that it will hire more than 1,000 people to help prevent deceptive ads from appearing on the social-media site and influencing future elections.

The committee also said that it had begun examining more than 3,000 ads which were handed over by the Facebook.

Burr, however, is not among them. Burr said the investigation is continuing. "The three companies we've invited, Google, Twitter and Facebook, will appear in a public hearing".