On Monday, the social media giant will give copies of more than 3k adverts to US investigators. The adverts are the 3,000 advertisements that it says were bought in Russia during the US presidential election. Facebook would also share who was targeted through those adverts and how much those adverts had cost, said the social network.
Russia denying influencing the US election
The social media giant is not the only social network investigating whether Russia used its advertising services, the search giant Google is also investigating the same matter. Colin Stretch, the general counsel of the social media giant said in a recent statement that the decision to share the data had been difficult.
He wrote, “Disclosing content is not something we do lightly under any circumstances.” The data would, however, would not be made public. He said, “We believe the public deserves a full accounting of what happened in the 2016 election, and we’ve concluded that sharing the ads we’ve discovered, in a manner that is consistent with our obligations to protect user information, can help.”
The micro-blogging giant was censured last week by the US Senate Intelligence Committee for providing an inadequate briefing about interference from Russia during the election. Facebook said that it closed down over 200 accounts linked to a Russian misinformation campaign. In a statement, the search giant said that it would cooperate with any inquiries.
Facebook tests allow you to confirm login by scanning your face
The social media giant is taking another giant step towards step with this new tech. The tech giant is testing facial recognition to verify the user’s identity and allow them to confirm their account if they been locked out, according to the reports of news site TechCrunch.
The feature is option, said the social media giant and it added that the feature is only available on devices that users have already used to log into their accounts. The tech giant explained, “It is another step, alongside two-factor authentication via SMS, that we’re taking to make sure account owners can confirm their identity.”
Hence, if the user cannot access two-factor authentication and is logged out of his/her account, then facial scanning could be another option down the line. The facial verification would occur during the account recovery process, said the tech giant.