Facebook reportedly gives Mueller records of fraudulent accounts for Russian Federation investigation

Sep 18, 2017, 00:23
Facebook reportedly gives Mueller records of fraudulent accounts for Russian Federation investigation

The investigation into Russia's influence on the 2016 us presidential election continues in Washington.

"Mueller clearly *already* has enough information on these accounts - and their link to a potential crime", tweeted Asha Rangappa, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence agent.

Mueller has obtained a search warrant to investigate "inauthentic" Facebook accounts that are believed to have been operated by Russian-sponsored "troll farms" in and around the former Soviet Union.

"They kind of have a reputation within law enforcement for being less cooperative, and only giving information when they've received court orders and they're sticklers about that", he said.

"[Mueller] would have to sort of lay out evidence showing that this crime had occurred, not just merely say so, but actually, you know, records that he had obtained, testimony that had been given or interviews that people gave to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, that prove to this judge that there is a good reason to believe that a crime had occurred".

"There have been a lot of questions since the 2016 United States election about Russian interference in the electoral process", said Alex Stamos, Chief Security Officer at Facebook, in a blog post. "That means that he has uncovered a great deal of evidence through other avenues of Russian election interference". "Second, that evidence of the crime existed on Facebook". Facebook marketing is becoming increasingly important for election strategy, but social media ads are not legally required to provide the same transparency as ads that run on more traditional forums like television.

"We know we have to stay vigilant to keep ahead of people who try to misuse our platform", said Stamos. That's aiding and abetting. "If any Trump associate knew about the foreign contributions that Mueller's search warrant focused on and helped that effort in a tangible way, they could be charged", Mariotti said regarding President Trump and his associates.

Sen. Mark Warner, the Virginia Democrat who co-chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, said last week that Twitter officials would soon talk with congressional investigators about Russian activity on its platform, the Journal reported.

After the election, Kushner said in an interview that he had been keenly interested in Facebook's "micro-targeting" capabilities from early on.

It been reported that a Russian company paid Facebook $100,000 to place political ads. "We brought in Cambridge Analytica". And I asked them how to scale this stuff.

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