Facebook has said it was cooperating with related federal investigations, and the revelations have lended credence to the findings of United States intelligence officials that Russian Federation was involved in influencing the 2016 presidential election.
Zuckerberg said Facebook will more than double the team working on election integrity, without revealing how many staffers that now does or would eventually entail.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also provided a live update in which he explained the decision and what the company planned to do about future attempts to interfere in US elections. "But we support Congress in deciding how to best use this information to inform the public, and we expect the government to publish its findings when their investigation is complete".
Zuckerberg made a bold promise to create more services to protect Facebook users while they engaging in political discourse.
Critics have argued that Facebook needs to tell the public and Congress more about exactly what the ads involved said, where they ran and to whom they were targeted. "We don't check what people say before they say it, and frankly, I don't think our society shouldn't want us to", Zuckerberg said".More news: The Differences Between iPhone 7 and iPhone 8
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He said that if people break Facebook's code of conduct or the law "there will be consequences".
The leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee have been seeking to bring Facebook executives before their committee since the company first revealed the existence of the ads two weeks ago.
Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch shared additional details about the decision in a blog post that went up as Zuckerberg spoke.
He added: "We won't catch everyone immediately, but we can make it harder to try to interfere".
Previously, Facebook had handed over a small cache of the ads - which were favorable to then-candidate Trump and critical of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton - but has now agreed to show all of them to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.
Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley of IL, who holds a seat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told the Financial Times Wednesday that he "absolutely" thinks Russian Federation will continue interfering in American elections.