Report: Facebook to turn over 3,000 ads to Congress on Monday

Last Updated Oct 2, 2017 1:44 PM EDT

Social media giant Facebook is set to deliver 3,000 ads to Congressional investigators on Monday as part of their ongoing role in lawmakers probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, according to the New York Times.

Facebook had agreed to disclose ads to Congress that were purchased by Russians on the social media platform in that country’s effort to influence the 2016 election, the company announced in two weeks ago.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg made the brief announcement in a live video update on his Facebook page.

“I care deeply about the democratic process and protecting its integrity,” he said. “I don’t want anyone to use our tools to undermine democracy — that’s not what we stand for.”

Facebook also plans to hire 1,000 people for its global ad review team over the next year, according to TechCrunch

CBS News confirmed last week, citing to a source familiar with the Facebook investigation, that the company was still in the process of handing over all of the ads connected to Russian internet trolls.  According to a source familiar with the process, the company is trying to be as diligent and careful as possible.

Facebook has been running data and matching information obtained during the investigation into the ads. This process has been described as “cumbersome.”

The ads will only pertain to Russian-backed activities in the U.S.  There have been reports of Russian-backed internet troll activities on Facebook targeting other countries.

CBS News has also independently confirmed a report by CNN that at least one ad pertained to Black Lives Matter. A Black Lives Matter ad appeared on Facebook at some point in late 2015 or early 2016. The ad could be seen in two ways — as supportive of Black Lives Matter, but also as a portrayal of the group as threatening to some residents of Baltimore and Ferguson. The goal was to sow discord.

Over the weekend, Zuckerberg…

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