Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, met with top lawmakers investigating Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election at the Capitol Wednesday, after which the leaders of the House Intelligence Committee said they would release some of the thousands of Russian-linked Facebook ads that had been turned over to Congress.
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Sandberg’s meeting with Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Mike Conaway, R-Texas, came as congressional investigators reviewed thousands of the social media ads linked to Russia that sought to sow division among U.S. voters ahead of the election.
Facebook turned over the ads and related data to congressional investigators and the special counsel’s office. The social media giant, along with Twitter and Alphabet (Google‘s parent company), has been invited to testify before the House and Senate Intelligence Committees about Russian efforts to impact the election using social media on Nov. 1.
Speaking after their meeting, Schiff and Conaway told reporters they hope to release the ads before that date.
“We believe the three companies will be represented that will be meaningful to this conversation,” Conaway told reporters.
Asked about their meeting Wednesday, Conaway said Facebook is “looking for every solution they can” to help American voters determine “what the propaganda is” on the company’s site.
Sandberg was also slated to meet with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Wednesday and will join members of the Congressional Black Caucus later this week regarding race-related Facebook ads that were linked to Russia, according to a committee aide.
Those ads, which were also turned over to congressional investigators, were aimed at inflaming racial tensions, according to a source who has reviewed the advertisements.
A representative for Facebook declined a request for comment.