Facebook Publishes Full-Page Ads In Wake Of Russia Revelations: We Will Fight Against Election Interference

Fortune reports:

Facebook took out full-page advertisements in Wednesday’s issues of the New York Times and Washington Post in an effort to defend itself as the company takes fire for its role in Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The company, which has acknowledged that about 10 million Americans saw Russian-linked ads on Facebook, outlined in its ad the “immediate actions” it will take to “fight any attempt to interfere with elections or civic engagement on Facebook.”

Last month, Facebook said that nearly 500 accounts that likely came from Russia bought $100,000 of Facebook ads during the election. “We take the trust of the Facebook community seriously,” the company wrote in the ad.

  • PickyPecker
    • swimboy

      You may hate FB, and you have every reason to, but lots of people use FB. Acknowledging their problem and vowing to fix it is more than we get from our politicians these days. And if they’re able to clean up their act, it will positively affect a large swath of the population.

      • stevenj

        Too bad they cannot “fix” the last presidential election that they helped trump win. Or “fix” his SCOTUS pick. Oh wait, they did “fix” it. For a little over $100K.

        BTW, I don’t hate Facebook but I don’t need to use it.

      • LoveCoates

        Oh please. Why won’t all the phony liberals who helped Treason Trump tell the truth: “We thought Hillary would win anyway so we didn’t consider that our greed-fueled dishonesty would actually have impact.”

        From the media pushing the fake email nonscandal to generate clicks and advertising dollars, to Bernie selling books and taking donations while pushing false anti-Hillary smears long after he had no chance to winning, to Facebook/Twitter taking millions from the Kremlin to push Russian propaganda disguised as ads, it is and always have been about money money money. Democracy sold to the highest bidder. The sad part is Americans are so easily manipulated by bigotry and sexism, we actually fell for it.

        Zuckerberg should publicly apologize to Hillary Clinton and donate every cent x3 gotten from Russia to those whose humanity is under attack by the Republican Party. Anything else is too little, too late.

        • swimboy

          Honey, Sarah Bernhardt has been dead for almost 100 years; leave her that way.

          • LoveCoates

            Would that we could all be so comfortably privileged to yawn at fascism. German complacency yet lives.

          • swimboy

            You completely missed my point. You are being so vaingloriously melodramatic that it’s hard to take you seriously.

            FB isn’t fascist. The USA isn’t fascist (but it does seem to be headed in that direction.) FB recognizes that it’s role in society is much bigger than anybody anticipated before the election, they recognize that their complacency is unacceptable, and have pledged to rectify the situation.

            Does it suck that FB might have cost HRC the election. Absolutely! Is FB the only thing that went wrong last year to cause this to happen. Absolutely not.

          • LoveCoates

            Can’t accuse others of melodrama then argue against strawman arguments made up in your head: who posited Facebook was “the only thing” that went wrong? Physician, heal thyself.

            When Facebook collects millions to promote Russian cyberattacks then lies about it until reporting catches up, why should Facebook deserve applause for a forced, belated apology? Facebook has been quick to delete content critical of Zuckerberg but was happy to help propagandize Wisconsin and Michigan on Putin’s behalf. Nah, going to take a lot more than lip service before they can be declared not fascist.

            The Jews, Americans, and Germans who spent the 20s and 30s warning about Hitler’s propaganda were branded as melodramatic warmongers. How’d that work out? If refusing to accept toothless apologies from those complicit in Putin’s undermining of liberal, multicultural democracy makes me dramatic, call me Sandra Bette Davis Crawford Tallulah Hepburn Berhardt Callas. Gladly!

            We need real, verbal, public apologies to the affected parties — starting with Hillary Clinton — then full and detailed accounting of exactly what happened, why Zuckerberg lied about it, and concrete steps on how Putin’s goon will be stopped in 2018 and beyond. A Hallmark card ad is as good now as a used piece of toilet paper.

          • Gerry Fisher

            Tiresome much? (Even though I agree with many of your points.)

          • LoveCoates

            Can’t handle unvarnished truth much? (Of course you agree, I’m right).

          • timncguy

            Facebook isn’t “fixing” anything. The Russians are there RIGHT NOW adding fuel to the fire about Trump’s NFL controversy about taking a knee for BLM.

        • I’m sure there are a great many people who would have treated and covered Trump differently the last two years if they had thought he’d get the nomination and then when. Everyone in their plush Manhattan and LA offices thought it was a big joke. And then it wasn’t and now WE are the ones who are fucked.

  • RoFaWh

    Too late with too little.

  • bkmn
  • worstcultever

    Shame about that Russian stooge in the White House – but WE CARE! We REALLY CARE!

  • Rex

    Newspaper ads?
    What? Not enough carrier pigeons?
    Stone tablets not cost effective?

    • boatboy_srq

      Town criers all found other employment.

    • Paul

      Would have made more sense to post it on Facebook so that everyone that uses the service actually sees it.

  • Chris H.

    “We will fight election inference” (As long as it doesn’t interfere with our profit)

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    How?

    Facebook announces the will be funding a campaign encouraging everyone to change their profile pic to an American Flag on election day.

    Facebook proudly announces they will now only accept ads from Russia when paid for in good ole American currency. No more of them rubles!

  • Bluto
  • David

    BULLSHIT
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  • Snarkaholic

    M.Z. is rumored to be considering running for pres, so he’s probably only doing this in an attempt to minimize damage to his name in the meantime.
    Also, there’s this:http://fortune.com/2017/05/24/mark-zuckerberg-disrupt-for-president-pac/
    Like he can’t afford to finance it himself?

    • Treant

      No to him. No to Oprah. One brought us Russian ads. One brought us Dr. Oz.

      I’m honestly not sure which one did more damage to America.

    • Leo

      The progressives hate his guts and the moderates see someone with no foreign policy, let alone government experience. The right thinks he’s out to get all of them. He’ll be eaten alive. An independent run’s also out of the question. He’s a worthless public speaker. No charisma AT ALL.

      That movie that raked him through the coals is much more accurate than he could stand for apparently.

      • Treant

        Good. I’ve never heard him speak.

        Fortunately, the moderates are not generally given to jumping on an oxcart run by personality cult. Generally.

      • Jamie_Johnson

        Fuckerberg stole the idea that made him a gazilionaire, and no one dares mention this fact. He’s took seed capital from the CIA (fulfilling their wet dream to have everybody publicly post everything they say and do), a small fact that no one dares mention. He’s a dishonest scumbag who has no problem lying to your face (ha!) and therefor, likely to be our next POTUS. Shall we wait for this horrid nightmare to escape the stables before shutting the barn door?

        • jerry

          Of course the Winklevoss twins, that he supposedly stole the idea from, were complete assholes too.

    • barrixines

      Zuckerberg. Oprah. The Rock. Kid Rock. What is it with all these fuckers? Can’t any of them get on Dancing with the Stars?

    • Adam King

      Damn. Fuck him. He can run for dog catcher first and prove he can do a real job. Then let him run for Podunk town council and serve there for a few years before he runs for Mayor of Podunk. Let him lose a few elections first until he learns how to do politics. Then, years later, run for Representative. So I can vote for someone else.

  • Sam_Handwich
  • PickyPecker
    • edrex

      i actually do care about who’s pet died. i just rely on my social group’s informal phone tree.

      • PickyPecker

        I care as well. The young man in the gif doesn’t…and I like his sentiment.

        • djcoastermark

          Gotta love those Shameless Gallaghers.

        • edrex

          i get your point. never thought you didn’t care. and i’m digging your avatar.

      • JCF

        Or email.

  • barrixines

    Is this ad running in the UK to apologise for Brexit? France for the close shave with le Pen? Spain for shit stirring in Catalunya?

    • ChrisMorley

      Not in the UK.

  • shellback

    That’s nice. While you’re doing that, I’ll close the barn door after the orange shitgibbon escaped.

  • Leo

    What was the point of this? At all. Honestly. Brand scoring?

    Mark wants to run for public office? As if. He resembles a wet rag in speeches.

    Facebook trying to attract Gen Z? They’re on to Snapchat.

    China expansion? Heavy competition and censorship.

    Europe? You’ve certainly pissed them all off.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    Ahhh, Fakebook, where everybody lies and you get to show the life you wish you were living, instead of the dull, drab one you are because you keep posting bullshit to your page.

    • Elagabalus

      Facebook fabulists, I call them.

    • Treant

      I post images of the garden and soap, so I guess I’m relatively truthful. There’s really nothing else of interest to talk about!

      • DisqusD37

        I have more pictures of my dogs than of me.

        • Adam King

          Me too. They’re way cuter.

      • billbear1961

        🙂

      • Adam King

        Your garden’s gorgeous, but soap? To appreciate soap you pretty much have to be in the same room with it.

        • edrex

          have you seen treant’s soap? it’s pretty impressive.

          • Adam King

            Okay.

    • The_Wretched

      My hobbies are not the kind of things that can be posted to FB.

    • ElenorRigby

      yeah the people who spent 90% of their time posting things that make their lives look so full and fun… the people who post nothing but funny posts to make themselves look like a bad ass… the people who spend every spare moment on Facebook. If you go on vacation and post another selfie every 30 minutes… you’re not really on vacation.

    • Ernest Endevor

      It’s called FOMO, and since it has an acronym must be an actual thing that afflicts facebookers.

      • The_Wretched

        FOMO is a real thing for my 4 year old at bed time if anyone else is still awake.

    • wds

      Wow … and here I’ve obviously been using Facebook for all the wrong reason .. ones such as keeping tabs with my far flung students I taught in India, watching one of my students build her dairy farm from nothing, reading about one of my students creating a live theater in India from nothing, and many, many more examples- I could go on but you get my point … so, if all YOU have is drab, dull life … who’s fault is that? LOL … I certainly don’t, even at my -ahem- age nor do the folks I connect with … PS, if you’re going to complain about people being fake … the irony is your fake name … right?

  • boatboy_srq

    Pretty words.

    They’re only 18 months too late.

  • MikeBx2

    So sorry we helped launch a madman onto the world. We’ll do better if there is a next time. Cheers!

  • TimCA

    F U, Zuckerberg! It’s time to regulate Facebook like a public utility. When an industry becomes too big and of central importance it needs public oversight.

  • Tatonka

    I bailed from FB when I learned that Ted Cruse had purchased information for use in psychologically profiling likely voters. I wish I’d left sooner.

  • kelven

    What is that old saying about closing the barn door after the horses have already run out.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Words…just words….

    • billbear1961

      exactly

    • Adam King

      All written in that phony corporate voice, trying to fluff up a bunch of nothing into a bunch of fake-serious bullet-points.

      • Amanda B. Rekendwith

        KorporatSpeak aka Weasel Words.
        🙂

  • Kurt

    It’s great that people are looking for ways to prevent election interference in the future. We also need to roll back the results of any and all fraudulent elections in 2016.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I never joined and I never will. The only real way to curb this is mass dropout and people saying, “I f you want to update me, call or text or Email, but I am not going to see it if that is the only place you post.”

  • GanymedeRenard

    Why now, Mark?

  • another_steve

    Oh go away, Facebook.

    (And to my niece (if you’re reading here), no – I don’t want to see 30 pictures of your kids riding a donkey at some goddamn amusement park.)

    • TheManicMechanic

      But would you take Zucky if Jared spurns your advances?

  • TimCA

    I’ll have to quote Chicago_Dyke here. She refers to it as “Faceborg”.
    And on that I agree!

    • The_Wretched

      I hope she’s ok. I don’t think I’ve seen a recent comment from her.

      • TimCA

        I saw something from her here within the last few weeks. Something about new job, less time to post.

        • billbear1961

          That’s the last thing I remember, too; and I haven’t seen her since.

      • billbear1961

        No, neither have I!

  • Ninja0980

    Too little too late assholes.

  • The_Wretched

    Unless we get a do-over on the 2016 election, too little too late. Try harder. Do better.

  • Buford

    Well, GOING FORWARD they will fight against election interference…

  • JWC

    Fuckleberg took $100,000 of Russian knowing full well who, what,where and why Thats collision admit it or loose your business liscence

    • Halou

      That money is just what came from the 500 accounts that were suspended.

  • netxtown

    i despise FB, but I can appreciate zuck being forth coming on the mess. but we are still stuck with the orange asshole and his holier-than-thou hemorrhoid. I still find it hard to believe no one knew…

  • Halou

    How can it be “immediate action”? Election day was 11 months ago, not to mention the year and a half of campaigning that was done prior to that. This is more like a case of “Oh shit! We just got busted, better do something” action.

  • billbear1961

    Right–SURE you will!

    Thanks for helping to DESTROY this country by helping to put that demented evil FUCK in the Oval Office!!

  • JustDucky
    • Halou

      Aren’t we lucky. If it weren’t for the diligent work of Facebook, who knows what would have happened.

  • Lazycrockett

    Does Facebook have any programs or ability to find and delete bot accounts?

    • Halou

      Yes, but they never go out of their way to use it.
      And why would they? There’s no money in it for them.

      • -M-

        Exactly. They’re the preeminent online social network, tracking the connections between people and the flow of influence through that network of connections is what their software was designed to do. Identifying troll farms should be trivial for them and squelching the promotion of fake news and coordinated harassment doesn’t take a lot of people when they have that much computing power to help.

  • MikeBx2

    I think what makes my head explode the most is that there are still adult people who need to be told to not believe everything they see on the internet. Especially Facebook.

    • MikeBx2

      All the fake Russian sponsored ads in the world wouldn’t matter if people weren’t so gullible.

      • Reality.Bites

        They were telling them what they wanted to hear.

  • barrixines

    I don’t know how to deal with this story as there is nowhere on that advert where I can press like.

  • easygoingmister

    All I see is one statement on that page: “I did not have sex with that woman”.

  • Ken M

    For those who care.. Trump is live on YouTube

  • justme

    Laws apply to the real world about this… WHY can’t they apply now…

  • edrex

    i deleted my account abt 5years ago b/c i simply don’t trust FB. i had recently considered rejoining b/c so many of my friend’s use FB to communicate social events. No Fucking WAY will i rejoin now.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Wait! Facebook boast billions of users and they advertise on New York Time with perhaps a couple of million readers? Is Zuckerberg testing our math skills?

  • billbear1961

    To quote shellback, “While you’re doing that, I’ll close the barn door after the orange shitgibbon escaped.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bs7Q_7Bt6t4&feature=youtu.be&t=4m39s

  • WitlessProtection

    I have been contemplating giving up FB for good. I am tired of being a cog in their vast social experiment.

    • Tempus Fuggit

      My husband and I quit in 2010 or ’11. The cravings were intense for a few days, a constant nuisance for a week, progressively decreasingly annoying for another ten days, and after that we stopped missing it. We still don’t miss it.

  • -M-

    *Sure, Jan.*

  • colo303

    How??? They still have fake news flowing about Nevada, PR, etc. Still haven’t fixed it.

  • Jay Mills

    This is just the proverbial drop in the bucket of FB’s involvement with the Trump/Russia campaign. FB employees were actively working with Project Alamo/Cambridge Analytica (Robert Mercer) to sway public sentiment. “Someone” here in USA is directing these Russian bots, now being used to bolster rightwing causes nationwide. They have discovered how to manipulate the press into taking sides. FB is a fellow traveler and an enabler.

    • canoebum

      Facebook is just another malevolent, greedy, soulless corporation, concerned only with its quarterly bottom line, stock price and dividends. I deleted my account long, long ago and guess what? I’m still alive. I still have friends, I still keep it touch with my family. Who needs this shit but teenagers and college kids looking to get laid? Fuck Facebook.

  • HeyYouKidsGetOffMyLawn

    You’re a year too late, Facebook.

    You can claim diligence now but you can’t get this toothpaste back into the tube.

  • KnownDonorDad
  • No More GOP.

    Yeah, a little late…

  • Will Parkinson

    Too late, jerks. The damage is done.

  • geoffalnutt

    It’s just about the money…as it was then. FB is over…or should be.

  • Tempus Fuggit

    “Eeeeeeee, noooooo, I hafta be on Fecebook, all my fwiends are on Fecebook, how will I keep in touch with my family if I’m not on Fecebook, eeeeeeeee!”

  • Blackfork

    If it’s free, YOU are the product. More of ‘YOU’ means more ad dollars. It’s gonna be hairy as Fido’s ass to say, uh, we’re not posting your ad because Russia. Facebook, Twitter; they are the enemy.

  • tbj5

    They denied that this had happened for months.

    They refuse go admit any guilt caused by their greed and indifference.

    Fuck ’em.

  • Barry William Teske

    Oh look!
    Facebook.
    Rich people.
    Still lying.
    Keeps the bling.
    Above the law?

  • Too fucking late. You got your 30 pieces of silver and the rest of us have to live with the results of your treason.

  • superindy

    Maybe I am missing something…but isn’t it a bit late for that?

  • katkelly57

    Fuck off Fuckerberg.

  • Lori

    1. Too fucking late

    2. Does anyone thing that if Zuckerberg runs for office FB is going to avoid election interference?

  • leastyebejudged

    You don’t need Facebook, and it’s immoral and unethical to use it.

    It’s also destructive and facile.

    Not a difficult decision to ditch it, really.

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    Bullshit they will. Don’t take out ads Fuckbook, they’re a marketing tool. You know what tools are right? I mean as a company you are one.

  • Gerry Fisher

    Back it up with effective action, and I’ll be impressed.