Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said on Thursday the company was fully committed to helping U.S. congressional investigators publicly release Russia-backed political ads that ran during the 2016 United States election.
Russia's election meddling is being investigated by multiple congressional panels as well as an independent Justice Department probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Twitter and Facebook have said Russian Federation bought ads and had accounts on their platforms.
Facebook had previously agreed to disclose the thousands of Facebook ads to congress. Sandberg said Thursday she thinks "it's important that [the investigators] get the whole picture and explain that to the American people".
"We've asked for Facebook's help to scrub any personally identifiable information, but it's our hope that when that concludes we can release them publicly", Schiff said.
Allen repeatedly asked Sandberg when the social network found out about the ads - and Sandberg eventually said the company had heard about the ads around the time of the USA election.
Without offering specifics, Sandberg said that "things happened on our platform in this election that should not have happened - especially, and very troubling, [sic] foreign interference in a democratic election".
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Sandberg was in Washington for meetings with USA lawmakers. Facebook says these ads focused on divisive political issues, such as immigration and gun rights, in an apparent attempt to sow discord among the USA population.
Sandberg is meeting with elected officials in Washington this week ahead of a House hearing at which executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google are expected to testify. Facebook, she said, does owe America an apology.
The group will focus its dialogue with Sandberg on Facebook's "diversity tone-deafness", including why the company has no black members of its board of directors, why Facebook allowed communities of to be targeted with its advertising products and who is being held accountable to make sure that such ads don't appear on Facebook in the future. "We know we have a responsibility to do everything we can to prevent this kind of abuse".
Moreover, Sandberg said she disagreed with Twitter's initial decision to take down Congressional candidate Marsha Blackburn's campaign ad because it included "an inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction".
She said it is important to be cautious when going after fake news because "a lot of what we allow on Facebook is people expressing themselves" and "when you cut off speech for one person, you cut off speech for all people".
Representatives from Facebook, Google and Twitter are expected to testify about Russian influence at hearings before the Senate and House intelligence committees on November 1.