Zuckerberg: Facebook will cut into profits to prevent abuse

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The earnings report was released as a Facebook exec was testifying in the last of three hearings before Congress this week into how foreign nationals used social media to meddle in the 2016 presidential election.

The House intelligence committee is only releasing a sampling of the more than 3,000 ads that Facebook has turned over to the panel. The sampling published by Politico seems inconsistent with the way politicians and journalists generally portray "Russian disinformation", which they describe as a plot to "reshape US politics" and undermine our electoral process by sophisticated operatives who know how to manipulate American voters. "I wish that your CEOs would be here". It plans to hire thousands of more employees to monitor ads, for example, which will be expensive.

The Silicon Valley firms frustrated lawmakers further by making few concrete promises beyond what they've already publicly committed to doing with additional unspecified commitments to do better.

"Don't let nation states disrupt our future", Burr said.

Below is a timeline of the aftermath of Russia's interference in the election - told through the responses of the companies who unwittingly enabled it.

"I hear all your words, but I have more than a little bit of frustration that many of us on this committee have been raising this issue since the beginning of this year and our claims were frankly blown off by the leaderships of your company".

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"Today, across our safety, security, and product and community operation teams, we have about 10,000 people who are working on safety and security generally", Stretch said during a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing, according to CNBC.

"Candidly, your first presentations were less than sufficient and showed in my mind a lack of resources a lack of commitment and a lack of genuine effort", he continued.

Trump has said there was no collusion with Moscow ahead of the election.

Numerous social media posts came from the Internet Research Agency, which has been linked to Russian intelligence efforts to disrupt the U.S. election.

In a compelling opening, committee chair Richard Burr (R-N.C.) showed two Facebook groups created by Russians - one called "Heart of Texas" that peddled anti-immigrant messages and one called "United Muslims of America" that promoted Islamic pride. Perhaps you were encouraged to "like" a post if you wanted Jesus to triumph over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election?

"It's still happening", he said. "Then they are manipulated by foreign actors and foreign agents".