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

What $100,000 can buy you on Facebook

What $100,000 can buy you on Facebook

The information Facebook turned over to special counsel Robert Mueller about Russian ad purchases during the 2016 election is more than it gave to Congress, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

The Journal based its report on "people familiar with the matter".

Rangappa said, "The key here, though, is that Mueller clearly already has enough information on these accounts - and their link to a potential crime to justify forcing (Facebook) to give up the info". Facebook policy dictates that it would only turn over "the stored contents of any account,".

Facebook did not give the same information to Congress because it didn't want to disrupt Mueller's investigation or violate US privacy laws, according to the report.

A Facebook spokesman told the newspaper that the company was continuing its probe and was cooperating with federal authorities.

"Mueller clearly already has enough information on these accounts-and their link to a potential crime-to justify forcing [Facebook] to give up the info", former Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence agent Asha Rangappa told Business Insider.

Representatives of Facebook previously told congressional investigators that, during the course of an investigation into the site's role in the 2016 election, it had discovered that a Kremlin-linked firm had bought $100,000 of ads between 2015 and 2017.

Last week's disclosure was Facebook's first acknowledgment that Russians had used the company to reach Americans during the presidential campaign.

Karina Gould, Canada's minister of democratic institutions, will speak at a launch event next week, Facebook said Thursday in a statement announcing the project.

Russian Federation has denied any involvement in the election - and President Donald Trump slammed the Mueller probe as a "witch hunt". But lawmakers had been frustrated with how little Facebook shared with them beyond the basics, the Journal reported.

A company spokeswoman declined to discuss details of the project, which follows a warning by Canada's electronic spy agency in June that hackers will "very likely" try to influence Canada's 2019 elections.

The company has not been called to testify in the Russian Federation probe, the Journal reported.

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