Friday, 19 October 2018
Latest news
Main » United Kingdom lawmakers ask Facebook about Russian-linked Brexit activity

United Kingdom lawmakers ask Facebook about Russian-linked Brexit activity

24 October 2017

A letter addressed to Facebook's chief executive Mark Zuckerberg also asks about similar activity at the time of this year's general election.

The MPs are asking Mr Zuckerberg to provide information on Facebook adverts bought by Russian-linked accounts, pages set up by Russian-linked accounts, details of the targeting of these adverts and pages, and how many times these pages and adverts were viewed.

A spokesman told The Sun: "We have received a letter from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sports committee and will respond once we have had the opportunity to review the request".

More news: Venus Williams wins three-hour epic

Collins wrote to CEO Mark Zuckerberg last week, framing his request as part of an inquiry into fake news and "the role of foreign actors abusing platforms ... to interfere in the political discourse of other nations".

Facebook disclosed last month it had found ads linked to fake accounts - likely run from Russian Federation - that sought to influence the US election.

The committee of British lawmakers launched its inquiry into fake news in January but it was suspended when a general election was called for June.

More news: Jason Smith (shoulder) remains out on Monday as Wizards face the Nuggets

Facebook provided US lawmakers with copies of 3,000 Russian-bought political ads in early October.

The Tory backbencher, who chairs the committee, highlighted how Facebook has already supplied information on 3,000 Russian-linked adverts to several U.S. investigations into Moscow's influence on Donald Trump's election to the White House.

The tech company has handed over several thousand ads to three congressional committees and shut down 470 pages and accounts in response to USA lawmakers' probes into Russian meddling in the election.

More news: Tiger Woods Posts Video of Himself Hitting a Stinger

Last week, another member of parliament, Ben Bradshaw, called on the government to get to the bottom of reports of opaque funding sources for some elements of the pro-Brexit campaign, citing "widespread concern over foreign and particularly Russian interference".

United Kingdom lawmakers ask Facebook about Russian-linked Brexit activity