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Sheryl Sandberg met with Congress over Facebook's Russia-linked ads


Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, met with House members on Capitol Hill who are investigating the company's Russia-linked ads.

Wednesday, members of Congress said they are serious about dealing with the issue. Rep. Adam Schiff (R-CA) told Sandberg that some of his colleagues are concerned that Facebook was reluctant to share information and ensure that foreign governments don't have the ability to interfere in U.S. elections.

There have been concern raised that Facebook's allowance of Russian ads may have interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

Sandberg told Schiff that Facebook is "determined to take whatever steps are necessary to ferret out foreign actors creating fake identities and using their platform."

Both Schiff and Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) said that in the end, voters need to be more aware of the type of information that they are seeking out. With Conaway saying, "You and I as voters are responsible for where we get information and how we trust it, and whether we trust it."

Follwing the meeting with Sandberg, the House Intelligence Committee said they will release copies of the election-related ads that had been purchased by Russian-linked accounts.

Wednesday's meetings precede a House Intelligence Committee hearing scheduled for Nov. 1 where internet giants Facebook, Twitter, and Google are expected to testify. The Senate Intelligence Committee is also set to hold an open hearing with those three companies that day.

Thursday, Sandberg is expected to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus. Some members of the caucus have been critical of Facebook for the ads, many of which had racial themes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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