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Tillerson Accuses Facebook of 'Interfering' With Democratic Process

(ABC's "Good Morning America)

By    |   Friday, 22 Sep 2017 09:36 AM

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Friday accused Facebook of "interfering with the democratic process" when it sold thousand of ads to Russian agents during the 2016 presidential election.

"We see it [as] advancing the face of terrorism around the world," Tillerson said during an ABC "Good Morning America" Interview. "They have responsibilities, and I think they're going to have to think carefully about their responsibilities in this regard."

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg released a video Thursday pledging to make the political advertising on its platform more "transparent."

"I don't want anyone to use our tools to undermine democracy," Zuckerberg said in a Facebook video and wrote in an accompanying post. "That's not what we stand for."

The company, following pressure from the public and members of Congress, has agreed to provide contents of 3,000 advertisements bought by a Russian agency to congressional investigators.

The company disclosed the ads earlier this month, and already has handed them over to Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race.

Meanwhile, Tillerson was awarded an "Award of Friendship" by Russian President Vladimir Putin, while he was still chairman of Exxon/Mobil. However, Putin has panned Tillerson, saying he seemed to have fallen into the wrong company by serving in President Donald Trump's cabinet.

"I've said to Vladimir Putin I'm still the same man," Tillerson said. "I'm wearing a different hat now and I represent the American people. The president's asked me to engage with Russia to lead the engagement with Russia."

He acknowledged that the relationship between the United States and Russia is "very strained" but it is important that the world's two greatest nuclear powers find areas of common interest in which they can work together.

"We have found some areas of mutual interest and put in place a cease-fire in southern Syria that's been holding since early July, saving countless numbers of civilian lives," said Tillerson.

He added that there also have been discussions around bringing peacekeepers into Ukraine to cease the violence there.

Tillerson on Friday also discounted reports that UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is under consideration to replace him as secretary of state.

"I think we have a Secretary of State currently, and I think he's planning to hang around," said Tillerson.

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