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Facebook responds to Russia probe: Will verify ad buyers

Facebook has vowed a response

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CALIFORNIA, U.S. - In its response to the intensifying Russia probe being led by Congressional committees and Special Counsel Robert Mueller - now Facebook has vowed a response.

Facebook said on Sunday that it is planning to use postcards sent through the mail to verify the identities of people trying to purchase advertisements related to U.S. elections.

At a conference of the National Association of Secretaries of State, Katie Harbath, Facebook’s global director of policy programs, said, "If you run an ad mentioning a candidate, we are going to mail you a postcard and you will have to use that code to prove you are in the United States.”

Harbath further explained that postcards will be used to verify the identities and locations of people that are planning to purchase advertisements on the network mentioning specific candidates. 

According to reports, the mail verification will, however, not apply to those purchasing issue-based advertisements.

Facebook’s announcement came as a response to the announcement made by special counsel Robert Mueller, who indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for their alleged roles in a campaign to influence and disrupt the 2016 presidential election.

Mueller’s indictment sheds light on how the Russians used Facebook and other social media sites to sow chaos in the election and support the candidacy of Trump over his rival, Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. 

Following the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, Facebook and other social media sites have faced scrutiny for failing to detect the efforts, and are facing heavy pressure to clamp down on users who may be trying to use the sites to spread political discord and division. 

 

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