>> President Trump taking a swing at Facebook, Friday, a day after the social media giant vowed to step up its fight to protect election integrity. Trump tweeting, the Russia hoax continues, now it's ads on Facebook. And, quote, the greatest influence over our election was the Fake News Media "screaming" for Crooked Hillary Clinton.
He's referring to Facebook's announcement, Thursday, that it will share with congressional investigators, over 3,000 political ads that it says Russia-based operatives ran on Facebook around the 2016 US presidential elections. And it vowed to improve transparency on political ads. That message coming personally from CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a Facebook Live video message.
>> There will always be bad actors in the world, and we can't prevent all governments from all interference. But we can make it harder. We can make it much harder.>> Facebook has been facing mounting criticism that its platform was manipulated to influence the 2016 US presidential election.
Reuters correspondent, David Ingram, covers Facebook.>> What's notable is that, during the past month, Senator Mark Warner, and others, have called for possible legal changes that could regulate political advertising on Facebook. These would be involuntary regulations on Facebook and other online platforms that would put new requirements on them and on advertisers.
So this could potentially head off and satisfy those demands for regulation of Facebook.>> All this comes after Facebook, earlier this month, admitted that it learned that a sketchy operation, likely based in Russia, had placed thousands of US ads and hundreds of fake profiles. With polarizing views on topics, such as immigration, race, and gay rights, on the site during a two-year period through May 2017.