Facebook’s Sandberg cites need to do more after reports of Russia meddling

FILE PHOTO: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing the foreign influence activities on social media platforms on Capitol Hill in Washington, USA, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc. ‘ s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said on Tuesday the company requires for its efforts to limit misinformation after research showed that Russia supported organizations targeted African-Americans, who preferred Hillary Clinton, to suppress turnout during the 2016 election.

AMERICAN intelligence services had concluded that Russia intervened in the election to help the U.S. President Donald Trump by the undermining of the Democratic candidate Clinton.

“Two independent reports commissioned by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released Monday on the Russian Internet research agency’s (IRA) use of technology to the 2016 election suggest that the IRA’s efforts had a disproportionate impact on communities of color,” Sandberg said in a blog post.

“We know that we need to do more: to listen, to look deeper and take action to respect fundamental rights,” Sandberg said.

Reporting by Vibhuti Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli

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