Facebook To Hand Over Russian Ads: We Don’t Want Anyone Using Us To Undermine Democracy [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports:

Under growing public pressure to reveal more about the spread of covert Russian propaganda on its site, Facebook said on Thursday that it was turning over more than 3,000 Russia-linked ads to Congressional committees investigating the Kremlin’s influence operation during the 2016 presidential election.

“I care deeply about the democratic process and protecting its integrity,” Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, said during an appearance on Facebook Live, the company’s video service. He added that he did not want anyone “to use our tools to undermine democracy.” “That’s not what we stand for,” he said.

The announcement that Facebook would share the ads with the Senate and House intelligence committees came after the company spent two weeks facing calls for greater transparency about the 470 Russia-linked accounts that it took down after they had promoted inflammatory messages on divisive issues.

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    • Cuberly

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      • Lars Littlefield

        Sucks to be Zuck.

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        • PRW

          Mostly not, i suspect …

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  • Gustav2

    (but you can still pay us in Rubles)

  • Denis
  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    This is a horrible ad. There’s absolutely ZERO sincerity.

    • Cuberly

      It’s all lawyer speak to make-pretend that they’re proactive. They’re far far from it.

  • Ninja0980

    Too little, too late asshole.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    The money was good enough to undermine our democratic process. Now it’s too late.

    As if I needed a reason to never join Facebook.

    • bkmn

      Though I really would like to know who inside FB signed off on the targeted advertising aimed at “Jew haters”.

      • lymis

        Or the ad buys that were paid in rubles.

      • wds

        Probably their honored, worshiped AI did it all on it’s own … ROFL

      • trog

        My understanding is that the ad categories are self-created by Facebook users. If people create the categories themselves, then the Fb ad program automatically offers them to buyers. I don’t think actual human beings sign off on any of it.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      I wish users would drop FB in droves.

      • Christopher

        On October 1st I plan on doing just that.

        I set it up so I could keep in contact with my European friends, but I never hear from any of them.

        Also, I no longer want to be Facebook’s commodity.

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          YAY !! Good for you Christopher.

    • Steverino

      Imagine what would have happened if Reaganbook would have gained traction…

      • Amanda B. Rekendwith

        Reaganbook. How we laughed.
        Good Times.

    • wds

      The total they’ve given shows that they whored themselves out for around $100,000…and considering that ProPublica was able to buy targeted ads (they’re the ones who discovered the “Jew hater” “how to burn a Jew” tags) for $30 shows to me that the $$$$’s bought a hella amount of ads … SMH

    • Trust me, you don’t. Their community standards are absolute garbage.

  • Michael R
  • Michael R

    How’s that presidential run going ?

    • Gustav2

      At least they are investigating his company before, not after he has won.

  • Bluto

    Sure Zuck, you care so fucking much, right up until the Rubles started rolling in. Whore.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5ca097dbdd978eaecf64ad175caeb0a2562282009921ee5c6bb4f27ae85cfb42.jpg

  • Todd20036

    I have a facebook account to answer comments in some forums.
    I don’t use it for anything else. I never will
    Hey Zuckerberg, I’d rather hang out with your humble, radiant pig than you.

    • Gustav2

      He sees you when you’re sleeping
      And he knows when you’re awake
      He knows if you’ve been bad or good
      So be good for goodness sake
      You better watch out!
      You better not cry
      You better not pout, I’m telling you why
      ‘Cause Facebook Claws is coming to town

    • Ben in Oakland

      ditto here. It’s useful sometimes, but otherwise, I want nothing to do with it. even my name is a real fake name. Ben N. Oakland.

      • Reality.Bites

        I basically have it for people who ask me for it. If they’re people who are actually present in my life I let them know I’m highly unlikely to ever look at anything they post. I have 25 friends on FB (I’ve never friended anyone from work or family) and there are 15 who I’ll likely never have occasion to speak to again either on or off Facebook.

        One of my FB friends is a guy I met on gay.com who I went for a dog walk with once. (That’s not a sexual term). I must have still been in his email contacts when FB came around. Most of the others are people I’ve met on vacation. I’ve never sent a friend request, except to my boyfriend.

        He uses it for self-promotion and networking and has 3100 friends. But he certainly spends little time there. I think he uses SnapChat more.

        For myself, I communicate with people I know in real life privately. When I see something interesting I’ll send it to those people who I think will find it interesting. I can’t imagine anyone in the world caring where I’ve “checked in.”

        • Ben in Oakland

          I see it exactly the same way. My friends seem obsessed with it, I would rather just talk to someone. I’m unlikely to check facebook to see what anyone is doing. If they want me to know, I can ask or they can tell.

  • Elsewhere1010

    And… what about the income generated by the Russian ads? Keeping that?

  • Will Parkinson

    Too late, dude.

  • HZ81

    Too late!!

  • Lazycrockett

    Yeah you were denying all of this till your ass got busted. FU

  • TheManicMechanic

    He doesn’t care about anything other than money at this point.

  • david fairfield

    Why the adamant denials when now we know you were aware of this for months?

  • Rocco

    A day late and a dollar short.

    • Gustav2

      57.92 rubles short.

  • Denis

    I deleted my Facebook page 5 years ago. Fuckerberg can go fuck himself.

  • Cuberly

    “He added that he did not want anyone “to use our tools to undermine democracy.”

    Everything they’re doing is damage control, retroactive. They don’t have the monitoring capacity to police their “tools” because they have no clue how their “protections” routinely get breached with such little effort.

    Or, maybe they do know how open ended they are. Maybe they’re just dragging this out.

  • tbj5

    A year too fucking late.

    Fuckerberg was acting like he was going to run for president this last year or so. While denying the full extent of Russia weaponizing Facebook and him letting it happen.

    The only conclusion I have is that he was planning on using similar influence tactics whenever he was officially going to run.

    Now that Mueller is on his doorstep, the shit kid is meekly trying to save face.

    A year too fucking late.

  • margaretpoa

    Too late, rich boy weasel. They played you like a fiddle but they didn’t even have to do that because you’ll do anything for a fucking buck. I’m really glad that I’ve never given you or facebook the time of day.

    • Cattleya1

      Accepting paid ads from Russian IP addresses to influence a US election sure sounds like treason to me. I doubt he’ll do time, but I hope he loses his shirt.

  • kelven

    No apology for the massive clusterfuck that Facebook has a big part in creating. I don’t believe his earnestness for democracy is stronger than his desire for profit or taking responsibility for allowing this to happen in the first place.

  • HZ81

    So FB is the place for pics of ugly babies, ridiculous political rants form family and friends, more ugly babies and propaganda.

    I unlike.

  • Karl Dubhe

    If this was the only issue that Facebook has… No, fuck them with a jackhammer.

    They’ve always been evil. I had an account for a few months, but deleted it happily.

  • Denis
  • Uncle Mark

    Funny, he didn’t give a flying fuck about Democracy when the Rubles were rolling in.

  • bkmn

    Translation – We had so many employees leaking this information to Director Mueller that we had absolutely no other choice than to produce the information before we had a major PR disaster on our hands. We sold adds targeted at Jew haters even though I myself am a Jew, but hey, I made good money doing it.

    • Halou

      People like him really do reinforce the stereotype.

      • Reality.Bites

        Totally unnecessary thing to say. Extremely offensive to me as a Jew.

  • TrueWords
    • Halou

      It is partly our fault as internet users. We want to freely access any and all websites, so the sites have had to either put up paywalls or come up with alternative ways to make their money, as is their right as a business. If every Facebook user agreed to pay something like $12 a month then there would be no need for all this insidious ad and tracking software, and multi-terabyte sized databases full of user data would not be bought and sold behind our backs.

      • lymis

        All true, but really immaterial to the point at hand. Zuckerberg wouldn’t have been hurting financially by refusing to accept ads and postings aimed at subverting our democracy.

        Accepting them, however is likely to cost him. And it should.

      • LOL. No, they would charge you $12 a month and STILL be selling your data.

        • vorpal 😼

          That being said, you can use facebook without providing them with any meaningful data about yourself.

    • kareemachan

      This is why I don’t have an account.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Came here to see how long before the Sure Jan GIF got posted. 33 and not yet? Sad!

  • What about the money Facebook collected to run these Russian propaganda anti-America ads? Still gonna keep those goddamned tainted Rubles?

    Also, what measures is FB putting in place to ensure they stop violating U.S. election laws by running advertisements from foreign governments attempting to interfere with our elections?

    • David J

      I doubt he can answer those questions.

      • I doubt he wants to answer those questions, because technically, Facebook broke any number of FEC laws & regs and could be on the hook for serious penalties if we ever have a non-corrupt Justice Dept again.

    • I mean, my god, Zuck just doesn’t fucking get why what his company is doing is wrong.

      https://twitter.com/joshtpm/status/910972442658603008

      You are not allowed to run political ads paid for by foreign governments or their agents! It’s not that complicated. The only difference between FB and TV, radio or print is the output medium.

      • TampaDink

        That last sentence underlined in red, “Freedom means you don’t have to ask for permission first.” Seems like something ripped from the play book of “grab ’em by the pussy.”

      • DonnaLee

        Meanwhile try having a secret group and someone posts nudity.
        “pearl clutching”

        • RoFaWh

          Youtube is just as prudish. An utterly charming video of a little baby, wriggling arms and legs while on a white towel, disappeared. My guess is that this naked baby was doing the full frontal nudity thing.

          Good god! I can remember the time when a naked baby was a symbol of innocence.

          • DonnaLee

            The whole point of secret groups is that nobody can find them unless you know someone in that group. My little sex party group was posting nudes and sex left and right, then fb decided to get all worried about nudity, and boom…fb jail for several of them.

    • Halou

      “what measures is FB putting in place to ensure they stop violating U.S. election laws”

      Host their servers in foreign countries so that, technically speaking, whatever happens on their site does not happen in the United States, so the United States does not have jurisdiction over it. Technology is not only developing faster than relevant laws can be written, but by the time the legislature has caught up the tech giants have become rich enough to bribe politicians into not passing the relevant laws.

      • This doesn’t entirely hold true. For example, illegal content such as cracked software, ripped videos, and kiddie porn can be gone after even if hosted on foreign servers if U.S. citizens can access it.

        It’s been done. One way to go at it is via DNS and ISPs, and frankly, given Facebook is a U.S. based company, warehousing their data overseas does not exempt the company from crimes potentially committed using their platforms.

    • Cattleya1

      That money is hidden carefully offshore. He could be in Uruguay long before any rethugs moved against him.

      • wds

        Republicans move against him???? ROFLMAO … I’m not going to hold my breath on that one …

  • Hue-Man

    O/T Homocon Florian Philippot, VP of the Front National, has quit – after Marine Le Pen took away all his responsibilities! Interesting quote:

    “I watched the party struggle to refound itself… But I could see that instead of refounding itself, the party was sliding back to its old ways and being caught up by its old demons.”

    My interpretation: “The racist fascists of Marine Le Pen’s father have taken back control.”
    Jean-Luc Melanchon, leader of the extreme-left France Insoumise movement, when asked whether Philippot would be welcomed in his party: “No! No! He’s a fascist.”
    The real problem is that Le Pen is widely considered to have lost the election through her poor performance in the debate with Macron yet she remains as the leader of the party. Fish rots from the head.
    http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/857098/marine-le-pen-front-national-aide-florian-philippot

    • Reality.Bites

      Wasn’t that kind of a stupid question to ask Melanchon?

      It would be like asking Gille Duceppe if they’d be welcome in the BQ when MPs were thrown out of Reform/CCRAP/Conservatives for being too homophobic or racist or anti-bilingualism.

      (I know it’s not an exact analogy, since Philippot was thrown out likely for not being bigoted enough, but he’s still no fit for the left wing parties.0

      • Hue-Man

        France Insoumise is trying to lure disaffected voters from FN but doesn’t want the fascists. It’s not unlike Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump going after the same unhappy voter – promise to fix the problems in their lives then ignore them once elected.

        • Reality.Bites

          Ah, I see the connection then and it’s a fair question.

    • Halou

      A photo of Florian Philippot eating couscous was made public a few days ago, apparently failing to eat French food during his off-work time upset more than a few others within the party elites.
      Yeah, it really is that pathetic.

  • KnownDonorDad

    Sure is a good thing he’s doing this now, before it affected anything.

  • Blake J Butler

    Too wittle too wate.

  • Someone You Dont Know

    Too late, zucky. You should be on trial for treason along with the rest of the RepubliKKKlan party.

  • Halou

    How much money do the nearly 54 million Chinese Facebook users generate?

    And, how much more money could there be for Facebook and for Mark Zuckerberg personally if that number were to grow by ten times what it currently is? I don’t think the survival of democracy is at the front of his mind, either in America or anywhere else in the world for that matter.
    He is only saying this now because he is scared of losing his place in the lucrative American social media market. No company is ever too big to fail.

    • kareemachan

      And these people care mightily about making more money. If I was him, I’d buy myself an island (I have a couple in mind…), give shitloads of money to PP and ACLU and such, set up a trust fund for my kid, scholarships for worthy people in a variety of flavors (medical, literary, scientific, culinary, etc), and not look back.

      • Halou

        A Bill Gates approach?
        The only reason he gives so much to charity is because he has more money than he knows what to do with. He is not a philanthropist at heart, he’s just not a greedy SOB like some of the other billionaires.

  • Blake J Butler

    O/T: I taught a class for 30 minutes in day treatment, a coping skills game formed after Jeopardy. Most of them liked and i told me they liked it what i was doing compared to the nursing students would do on tuesdays and thursdays.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      All of us need to reinforce our coping skills, here in 2017 USA. Can this coping skills game be adapted to disqus?

      • Blake J Butler

        If you have access to a computer, laptop, or smartphone you can play it yourself. I’m not sure about disqus.

  • Lazycrockett
  • Cuberly

    Zuck: “There was no evidence of Russian meddling via FB.”
    Zuck: “Here are a few hundred examples of Russian meddling via FB, but you can’t keep them or research them.” Takes examples away from intelligence commission.
    Zuck: “We’re handing over 3K (plus or minus?) ads used on FB to meddle in our election cuz democracy is totes cool.”

    They know it’s much much worse….they’ll just trickle the evidence out.

  • sfjohn

    such a condescending little twit…………

    • alguien

      oh, go ahead. use the past tense of twit.

      • Lars Littlefield

        Twert?

        • alguien

          twat

          • Lars Littlefield

            twut?

  • Dayglo

    A little too late for that, huh?

  • No More GOP.

    Day late / dollar short, Mark.

  • Yixing’s Fluffer

    This isn’t going to end well.

  • Lars Littlefield

    Not to sound all superior and better than eveyrone else, (but I will). I have never had nor willI I ever have a Facebook account. Same for Instagram and Twitter and any other “social media” crap. Disqus is bad enough.

    • katkelly57

      Same here Lars….this is my only sm vice.

    • perversatile

      True story- about 9 years ago I was at a party chatting up this bloke,
      lots blah blah blah back and forth, he then asked for my user name on Facebook. I figured this was the modern equivalent to ‘what’s ur digits?’
      or ‘where do you stay?’ As a lull in the general ambient sound of the party dropped my reply of, “I’m not on Facebook” was heard by everyone there,
      and met with gasps and sounds of shock. All heads turned to see the interloper who had dared to breech polite society, violating FB’s sanctity.
      Still got laid though.

    • Gustav2

      I had one for a little bit, then Christianist coworkers started trying to convert me, such overt proselytizing would have been harassment at work.
      Because I was gay, they didn’t believe I was a Lutheran pastor’s son. It just was not possible I was from the same family that produced another pastor. I was called a liar, etc.

      When I unfriended them they became hostile, shunning me at work. lol

  • The_Wretched

    too little too late zuckerberg

  • kareemachan

    Sorry, zuck. You blew it.

  • katkelly57

    A biiiiiiig FUCK YOU to Fuckerberg…..took him this long to get offa his entitled ass to “try” to do something on this matter?!?
    “We don’t want anyone using our tools…”, says the tool himself.

    Again, FUCK YOU Fuckerberg.
    OK, all better now.

    • John Ruff

      Absolutely

  • Halou

    If Facebook goes under there will be a few weeks of wailing from the addicts, but as much as a year afterwards nobody will notice it’s absence. I think that is what scares Zuckerberg as much as losing money, the service he provides is superfluous and irrelevant and people in general only use it because we think we need to.

    • katkelly57

      I’m glad I never signed up for FB…or any other social media outlet (other than this).

    • Mikey

      the service Facebook provides might be superfluous to you, but it isn’t to many others who live in out-of-the-way places and use it to keep in touch with family and friends.

      • Cattleya1

        Whatever… It created a means of access to a lot of low-information types who where too lazy to fact-check the stuff the Russians were posting. We have a big problem with people in the world who want to hear and read what appeals to them and never look at the other side of the issues. The result is an anti-sense, anti-functional government with a petulant 3-year-old for chief executive.

  • bambinoitaliano

    No one can escape unscathed by the shit flinging ape. Not the least those corporation billionaires who sit idly by while the regular folks have to fend for themselves from the tyrant and his fascist regime. Cooperating with House and Intelligence committee only after getting caught is shameful to say the least. What role is this king of social media playing in today dystopia? By aiding and abetting a totalitarian regime dismantling US democracy? Not quite the kind of social network he envision for or did he?

  • Boy Elvis

    If Facebook really wants to make up for this they should, at the very least, provide free advertising for ACA signups this year, seeing as Lord Dampnut undercut the funding for that.

    • John Ruff

      Good idea

  • lymis

    ” “I care deeply about the democratic process and protecting its integrity,” ”

    Not enough to actually take action when this issue was first raised publicly, which was WELL before the election.

    • wds

      Amen, folks were complaining about the ads AND the fake accounts for a long time … as I’ve said before, but in the world of Facebook, it seems that OK, but God Forbid a drag queen should use her stage name … that gets shut down almost instantly … so much for their cherished AI …

    • RoFaWh

      “i care about…”

      Sheesh. That phrase is a sure sign of insincerity.

  • Exatron

    If he actually cared, he would’ve done something about the meddling before the election.

  • John Ruff

    Fuck you Mark and your worthless and useless “app.”

  • xzargo

    You helped elect Trump, Asshole.

  • TOO FUCKING LATE. Russia used your platform to influence the election and you let them because $$$ (like you don’t have enough already???). You’re only turning over documents because you don’t want to go to jail. Asshole.

  • 2guysnamedjoe

    So, Mark, what are your plans for keeping FB from being used by Putin & Co. in the 2018 and 2020 elections? Or will you wait until 2019 and 2021 to think about it?

  • infmom

    Better late than never, Markie Mark?

  • JustDucky
    • JWC

      Not bloody likely

      • JustDucky

        He has actually been thinking about running. Because he isn’t just an asshole, he’s a narcissistic asshole. And we obviously need more narcissistic assholes in government.

        • JWC

          Oh joy

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Clearly, Mark calculated the odds and found that if he stayed the course, the odds were never in his favour.

  • JWC

    He should do this much and more and moreover should have done it weeks ago

  • BearEyes

    Yay – we’re being pro-active – after the fact!

  • BearEyes

    To quote the ivanka line…
    Complicit!

  • wds

    What Mark doesn’t talk about is the fact the folks have been complaining about the ads and fake accounts for months … but, God Forbid, a drag queen should use her stage name … man, they have to shut that down as quickly as possible.

  • RJ Bone

    Present tense, Mark? Really?

  • Natty Enquirer

    Mostly he stands for making as much money as possible and capitulating only when caught.

    • rusty57

      I’m not sure he’s capitulating. He’s doing the minimum to get the optics that make him look like he cares about something more than making as much money as possible.

  • DesertSun59

    You all realize that Congress will do absolutely nothing with this data. NOTHING. They can’t afford to have their donor base dissed.

  • -M-

    Better late than never. 🙄

  • JCF

    “I have my Sincerity gray tee on: trust me!”

  • PolymathLevel8

    This is just the tip of the iceberg. Outside of the mainstream bubble, it is well known that the large data sites have started censoring content that steps outside of far left orthodoxy. Corporate power already owns publishing. They are now taking control of expression on the net, all unknown to the sleepwalking public.

  • leastyebejudged

    All I hear is oinking

  • Tempus Fuggit

    Oh, shut up, you self-impressed, moneygrubbing little shitstain.

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    On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $11752 this last four weeks..with-out any doubt it’s the most-comfortable job I have ever done .. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
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