Congressional Black Caucus Chides Sandberg Over Lack Of Diversity At Facebook

Congressional Black Caucus Chides Sandberg Over Lack Of Diversity At Facebook

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg says the social media giant is "cooperating fully" with federal investigators after it found 3,000 ads coming from Russian Federation which targeted Americans during the 2016 campaign...

"When you allow free expression, you allow free expression", Sandberg said in an interview with Axios.

A top executive at Facebook says that Congress should publicly release ads purchased by Russia-linked accounts on the social media site.

"We know we have a responsibility to prevent everything we can from this happening on our platforms. and so we told Congress and the Intelligence committees that when they are ready to release the ads, we are ready to help them", she said.

Sandberg and others from Facebook appeared before USA congressional panels looking into reports of Russian interference in the election.

"We do not want this kind of foreign interference in Facebook", she added.

Asked if that meant providing data on how ads were targeted to specific groups of people, Sandberg said Facebook was prepared to do so.

Contrary to her claim, Facebook hired former NBC anchor Campbell Brown in January to head up the company's news division and work with other journalists to maximise their use of Facebook's platform.

Congressional committees and special counsel Robert Mueller are investigating Russian interference in the election, including whether there was any collusion between Trump associates and Moscow.

She said the company had been too permissive at times in terms of how advertisers were allowed to target users. "And it's not just content, it's ads, because when you're thinking about political speech, ads are really important".

"So, Twitter took down the ad and put it back up", Sandberg said.

"In that ad, there are a lot of things that people don't like, that I don't like".

Business Insider said Britain was already considering regulations that would treat Facebook more like a media company.