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Franken Rips Facebook Exec Over Russian Ad Buys

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Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) asked Facebook vice president and general counsel Colin Stretch how it was possible not to notice Russia’s political advertising purchases made with a foreign currency.

“How did Facebook, which prides itself in connecting data points, somehow not make the connection that electoral ads paid for in rubles were coming from Russia?” Franken asked Stretch.

Stretch admitted that the company “missed” the giant red flags. Franken was not satisfied, and he had a simple question to settle the entire matter in the future.

Franken asked Stretch if Facebook would simply commit not to accept payment in foreign currency for political ad buys in the United States. When Stretch tried to deflect with a word salad, Franken grew agitated.

“I‘m asking you a question, just answer yes or no. Can you do that?” an exasperated Franken asked. “You’re sophisticated. You’re the chief legal counsel for Facebook. Please answer yes or no.”

Watch the exchange below.

Chris Sosa is an associate editor at AlterNet. His work has appeared in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Previously, he was a campaign specialist and media spokesperson for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.

 

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  1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth November 2, 2017

    Eat them alive, Al Franken. One of a handful of decent Congressmen in a chamber full on knaves and simpletons—mainly from “Red States” understandably.
    I must confess though that every time I see Al, I envision him in “Trading Places” and in SNL skits. But he’s no joke in this exchange with a hapless toady representing Facebook.

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  2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth November 2, 2017

    Eat them alive, Al Franken. One of a handful of decent Congressmen in a chamber full on knaves and simpletons—mainly from “Red States” understandably. I must confess though that every time I see Al, I envision him in “Trading Places” and in SNL skits. But he’s no joke in this exchange with a hapless toady exec from Facebook.

    The nation is dissolving right before our eyes, and on every level across the board. Putin, Xi Jin Ping, and their totalitarian world views are unraveling as well, though it’s not as obvious as the rot in Corporate America.

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  3. Aaron_of_Portsmouth November 2, 2017

    Hello Facebook

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  4. Stuart November 6, 2017

    Keep wondering (hoping?) Al will run for president. Dems may need a show biz figure to counter Trump, and Al may be as close to Bernie as we’ll get, ’cause I don’t think Bernie will run. And I certainly wouldn’t mind putting Al’s IQ — and his sense of humor — up against Trump. And Al is from the heartland and not the Northeast.

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