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Sandberg: FB Owes Americans Apology for Enabling Russian Interference

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By    |   Thursday, 12 Oct 2017 11:37 AM

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg told Axios that the social media giant owes the American people "not just an apology, but determination" for its role in enabling Russian to meddle in the election.

"Things happened on our platform that shouldn't have happened," Sandberg told Axios' Mike Allen on Thursday. "We know we have a responsibility to prevent everything we can from this happening on our platforms."

Facebook found 3,000 fake ads it sold to a Russian troll farm — a "new threat," Sandberg said — designed to crank up divisions and polarization in the U.S. about race, immigration and gun rights, to name a few.

Sandberg said Facebook is committed to helping Congress' post-mortem on Russian interference and prevention from it happening again. Sandberg was on Capitol Hill on Wednesday meeting with lawmakers investigating Russia's meddling.

Regardless, Facebook owes the American people a mea culpa.

"Not just an apology, but determination for our role in enabling Russian interference during the election," Sandberg told Axios.

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Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg told Axios that the social media giant owes the American people "not just an apology, but determination" for its role in enabling Russian to meddle in the election."
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