Tech | September 18, 2017 10:47 am

Should Facebook Release More Information About Russian Election Meddling?

The New York Times argues it's Facebook’s duty to share more about Russian social media ads.

According to a recent article by The New York Times, one of the most powerful weapons agents from Russia used to reshape American politics were feelings and misinformation that real Americans were already posting about on social media.
Facebook Newsfeed is a gold mine for partisan media. (Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

It is Facebook’s duty to share more information with the public about how Russia used social media ads to influence the 2016 election, argues Jim Rutenberg, a media columnist at the New York Times.

He is referring to Facebook’s recent revelation that a Kremlin-tied Russian firm was responsible for running thousands of political ads before, during and after the election — but Americans are still in the dark about what these ads looked like, what information or false news they spread, who or what the accounts pretended to be, or how many Americans interacted with the ads while they were running.

“There’s a stunning lack of public specificity about an alleged foreign campaign to influence our domestic politics,” Rutenberg writes. “The Russian effort was able to elude [paid media ad] laws through social media, where the system has clearly — and fundamentally — broken down.”