By David Ingram
(Reuters) – Democratic U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday urged the Federal Election Commission to need clarity for social media promotion after Russians bought U.S. domestic ads on Facebook Inc. in an purported try to change the 2016 elections.
Pressure is ascent on regulators and Silicon Valley companies to open up the ambiguous universe of online domestic ads and to forestall governments from using them to lean elections or try other meddling.
“Social media platforms offer the ability to aim millions of users formed on a resources of rarely minute information,” the lawmakers wrote in a minute to the election commission.
“As we have seen, the low cost of reaching these users equips antagonistic unfamiliar actors with a absolute new apparatus for intrusion of the approved process.”
Some 20 Democrats from the Senate and House of Representatives sealed the letter.
Facebook, the world’s largest social network, pronounced this month that an operation likely formed in Russia spent $100,000 on thousands of Facebook ads compelling divisive messages before and after last year’s U.S. presidential election.
Russia has denied nosiness in the U.S. election, in which Republican Donald Trump degraded Democrat Hillary Clinton. U.S. congressional committees and special warn Robert Mueller are questioning the allegations.
The Federal Election Commission last week sought open criticism on probable regulatory changes, and the elect is deliberation holding a open hearing, with Facebook and other tech companies as invited witnesses.
Facebook has pronounced it is operative with U.S. authorities who are questioning purported Russian nosiness and also holding steps, such as stealing feign accounts, to forestall strategy of its platform.
(Reporting by David Ingram in San Francisco; Editing by Alistair Bell)
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