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Thursday, 12 October 2017 15:22

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg beats Twitter when it comes to free speech, amid Russia and Marsha Blackburn furors

Written by  Liz Wolfe

Thursday morning on Facebook Live, Axios Founder Mike Allen interviewed Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg on Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Surprisingly, self-proclaimed liberal Sandberg ardently supported free speech online, and talked about the danger of censorship on platforms such as Twitter –– and how Facebook will not be following suit.

Facebook recently turned over Russia-related ads to the House intelligence committee, who will be releasing them to the general public. According to CNN, "Facebook told Congress last month it had sold roughly 3,000 ads to 470 Russian accounts tied to the Internet Research Agency, a Kremlin-linked troll farm ... the apparent goal of the ads was to amplify political discord" in the American electorate.

Many of Allen's questions revolved around Facebook's level of cooperation with Congress, but things got interesting when Allen asked: Had these ads come from real accounts, not fake accounts, would you have let them run?

"If they were run by legitimate people, we would let them run," answered Sandberg. "We spend a lot of time on what content we run on our platform," she continued. "We don't allow hate, we don't allow violence, we don't allow bullying –– and we work hard to get that stuff down .

Read more at The Washington Examiner

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