Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg to meet with Russian Federation investigators on Capitol Hill

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After more was revealed about the far-reaching impact of the ads, the social media titan handed them over to the House Intelligence Committee last week.

"I think we should seek to facilitate when the intelligence community identifies the Russians are using this platform in the same way that when the intelligence community finds that ISIS or Al Qaeda is using the platform for recruitment, there ought to be a dialogue through Federal Bureau of Investigation or DHS", he explained, per a transcript shared with Recode on Wednesday.

Google's admission comes just a week after Facebook, the world's largest social network, revealed that a Russian internet agency a year ago purchased around 3,000 targeted advertisements aimed at influencing the presidential election, which saw Republican Donald Trump defeat his Democratic rival Hilary Clinton. This will be a long talked about topic, and as the investigation unfolds, there will no doubt be more to come.

Last month, Facebook informed congress that it had unknowingly sold ads space to Russian operatives whose intention was to influence the last presidential election in the US.

Sandberg is also slated to meet this week with members of the Congressional Black Caucus regarding race-related Facebook ads that were linked to Russian Federation, according to a committee aide. Google has uncovered less than $100,000 in ad spending potentially linked to Russian actors, the source said.

Google has said it found evidence that Russian operatives exploited its platforms to spread disinformation.

Further complicating the wild cloud of allegations is the involvement of numerous for-profit networks of hoaxers and scammers who have taken advantage of lax online ad policies and the US' high-pressure political situation to drive millions of Americans to knockoff content farms. "We are taking a deeper look to investigate attempts to abuse our systems, working with researchers and other companies, and will provide assistance to ongoing inquiries", a Google spokeswoman said on Monday. New campaigns with ad sets contain targeting options that we feel warrant additional review (such as those associated with topics such as politics, religion, ethnicity and social issues), we will route them for manual review prior to being approved.

In recent weeks, Facebook and Google admitted to accepting thousands of advertising dollars from Russian groups during the 2016 US presidential campaign. It also disclosed that the account for the news site RT, which the company linked to the Kremlin, spent $274,100 on its platform in 2016.

The search giant has been called to testify at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on November 1. Google has not said whether it will accept a similar invitation to do so.

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