Special Counsel Mueller Is Investigating Facebook Ads Linked To Russia

16 September, 2017, 23:55 | Author: Leticia Walters
  • Facebook Gave Special Counsel Robert Mueller More Details on Russian Ad Buys Than Congress

Facebook Inc. has handed over to special counsel Robert Mueller detailed records about the Russian ad purchases on its platform that go beyond what it shared with Congress last week, according to people familiar with the matter.

Facebook hasn't shared the same information with Congress, largely because of concerns about disrupting the Mueller probe, and possibly breaking US data privacy laws, the Journal said.

In those briefings, Facebook spoke only in generalities about the ad buys, leaving some committee members feeling frustrated with Facebook's level of cooperation. The Wall Street Journal earlier reported Facebook's latest disclosures. The company's policy is to only provide information to the government if there is a valid court order, subpoena or search warrant.

Russian Federation has denied any involvement in the election - and President Donald Trump slammed the Mueller probe as a "witch hunt".

The Senate Intelligence Committee also hasn't ruled out subpoenaing Facebook officials to publicly testify about how Russian Federation may have used the social media platform to influence the 2016 election, a person familiar with the investigation told the Journal.

The report said a Facebook spokesperson said the company was continuing to investigate and was cooperating with authorities, and that a spokesperson for Mueller declined to comment. In a tweetstorm, Yale Law School associate dean Asha Rangappa said that to obtain the warrant, Mueller would have had to believe that a crime was committed - it is illegal for foreign people or entities to make contributions connected to American elections - and that the offense would need to be connected to "specific accounts" on Facebook.

As CNN reported Thursday, Facebook is still not sure whether pro-Kremlin groups may have made other ad buys meant to influence American politics that it simply hasn't discovered yet. He has been discussing next steps with the committee's ranking Democrat Mark Warner of Virginia.

Facebook is launching the program in Canada as internet companies seek to fend off criticism they are not doing enough to thwart online interference with elections and politics.

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