Facebook doesn't hire journalists: Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook doesn't hire journalists: Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook doesn't hire journalists: Sheryl Sandberg

"Things happened on our platform that shouldn't have happened", she said during the interview with Axios's Mike Allen. "We told Congress and the intelligence committees that when they are ready to release the ads, we are ready to help them".

As people debate Facebook's role in influencing people during the U.S. presidential elections by Russian ads and fake news on the platform, the company's COO Sheryl Sandberg has stressed that the social media giant is not a media organisation, and therefore does not hire journalists. She said Facebook hopes to "set a new standard in transparency in advertising".

A member of Congress who viewed about 70 of the roughly 3,000 ads said that they were meant to stir up strong emotions on all sides.

USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation used cyber-enabled means in an attempt to help Trump win the White House, an allegation the Kremlin has denied.

Schiff said Sandberg wanted to convey that the company is serious about the issue to members of Congress, some of whom have expressed concerns that the company was reluctant to share information and ensure that foreign governments don't wage information campaigns in USA elections. The board has been criticized for its lack of diversity.

"What we needed Facebook to understand is that they play a role in the perception of African-Americans, and they are influencers that use their platform to influence this country", Cedric Richmond, CBC chairman, told reporters.

Sandberg told Axios that Facebook began hearing rumours around election day last November of Russian attempts to use the platform to spread propaganda but did not give a precise timeline about when the company began its review.

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"So, Twitter took down the ad and put it back up", Sandberg said. But when we say that, we're not saying we don't have a responsibility.

Asked if Facebook contributed to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's defeat a year ago, Sandberg, an open Clinton supporter during the campaign, did not answer directly but said it was important the website was "free from abuse" during any election in any country. Trump has denied that there was any collusion between his campaign and associates and Russian Federation. We're angry, we're upset.

Facebook has said those ads focused on divisive political messages, including LGBT issues, immigration and gun rights, and were seen by an estimated 10 million people.

Business Insider said a firm that is a major source of news and information for people, generates billions in ad revenue and is producing its own original television shows is classified as a media company and Facebook does all of that.

She said the company had been too permissive at times in terms of how advertisers were allowed to target users.

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said Thursday she "absolutely" supports the public release of all advertisements produced by a Russia-linked organization during the 2016 presidential election.

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