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Trump dismisses Facebook ads controversy as part of ‘Russia hoax’

Sting Newz Technology Desk: U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday questioned Facebook Inc’s decision to overhaul how it handles paid political advertisements amid investigations into alleged Russian interference in U.S. elections.

“The Russia hoax continues, now it’s ads on Facebook,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “What about the totally biased and dishonest Media coverage in favor of Crooked Hillary,” referring to Hillary Clinton, his rival in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Earlier this month, Facebook said an internal review had shown that an operation likely based in Russia spent $100,000 on 3,000 Facebook ads promoting divisive messages in the months before and after the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The company initially declined to turn over details on the ads to Congress but said on Thursday it would do so, making a concession to U.S. lawmakers who have threatened to regulate the world’s largest social network over ads that run during election campaigns.

Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook, for the first time, would now make it possible for anyone to see any political ads that run on Facebook, no matter whom they target.

Facebook also will demand that political advertisers disclose who is paying for the advertisements, a requirement that under U.S. law applies to political ads on television but not on social media.

Courtesy : Reuters

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