After turning over Russian ads to Congress, Facebook is taking these steps

FILE - In this April 18, 2017, file photo, conference workers speak in front of a demo booth at Facebook's annual F8 developer conference, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Facebook turned over more than 3,000 ads purchased by a Russian entity Monday to the congressional committees investigating interference in the 2016 presidential election.

In a statement, Vice President of Global Public Policy Joel Kaplan disclosed the release and sought to explain the company's ongoing efforts to address the matter.

"We are sharing these ads with Congress because we want to do our part to help investigators gain a deeper understanding of Russian interference in the US political system and explain those activities to the public," Kaplan said. "These actions run counter to Facebook’s mission of building community and everything we stand for."

The Russian entity in question, the Internet Research Agency, purchased the ads via inauthentic accounts -- a violation of Facebook's policy, Kaplan said.

To ensure future ads are better reviewed, the company is taking a variety of measures, Kaplan said.

These include adding 1,000 people to ads review teams, tightening restrictions on violent content, toughening requirements for authenticity and helping build industry best practices.

"We care deeply about the integrity of elections around the world," Kaplan said. "We take responsibility for what happens on our platform and we will do everything we can to keep our community safe from interference."

The House and Senate Intelligence Committees have been probing Russian interference in the 2016 election for months now.

Of particular scrutiny is the role social media sites like Twitter and Facebook played in propagating that nation's agenda through the sharing of false news.

Following a congressional hearing Sept. 28, Twitter revealed in a blog post that Russia's state-sponsored television network, RT, had spent $274,100 on ads on its site targeted to the U.S. in 2016.

In a statement, ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff confirmed his committee's receipt of the ads and indicated he and his colleagues would "fully examine these ads in the coming days."

"We will be particularly interested in understanding their full reach, in particular to determine what groups and individuals were most heavily targeted and why," Schiff said. "The American people deserve to see the ways that the Russian intelligence services manipulated and took advantage of online platforms to stoke and amplify social and political tensions.

Schiff also outlined his desire to release the ads, saying it is his "hope to make a representative sampling of these ads public at that time so we can inoculate the public against future Russian intereference in our elections."

Facebook has cited privacy concerns in its refusal to release the ads in the past.

The Senate panel has invited both tech giants, along with Google owner Alphabet, to appear at open-door hearings this fall.

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