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Facebook’s Sandberg vows more transparency on Russian ads - CNET

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Sheryl Sandberg spoke about Russian ads on Facebook. Allison Shelley / Getty Images

Facebook has been asked a lot of questions about its role in hosting Russian-backed ads during the 2016 US presidential election.

On Thursday, Facebook Chief Operating OfficerSheryl Sandberg took a crack at answering some of them during apublic interview with news site Axios.

"Things happened on our platform in this election that should not have happened," she said. "We know we have a responsibility to do anything we can to prevent that."

That means fully cooperating with Congress and supporting the eventual release of ads, as well as information on how they were targeted to specific audiences on Facebook.

This is the first public interview for Sandberg, or any senior Facebook executive, since the controversy over Russian ads began to reach a fever pitch last month. In September, CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged that more than $100,000 worth of ads were bought by what now appear to be...(continued)

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