Facebook Giving Mueller Info About Russia-Linked Ads

CBS News has confirmed that Facebook turned over materials about Russian ad buys to Mueller's team, which is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and any ties to the Trump campaign.

Facebook policy normally requires the company to disclose "the stored contents of any account", including messages and location information in a search warrant request, according to the report.

She added, that then the prosecutor has to show that the information being sought will provide evidence of that crime. Evidence has come to light in recent months that people connected to the Russian government used social networks and other media in various ways in attempts to sway public opinion in favor of the Republican candidate, Donald J. Trump, over the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton.

Mueller got the records after obtaining a search warrant for information on the fake accounts that Facebook said it shut down.

A former Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence agent, Asha Rangappa said, "This is big news - and potentially bad news for the Russian election interference 'deniers'". "For the first time here, what we've learned - assuming that The Wall Street Journal's report about a search warrant is correct - is that Bob Muller went to a federal judge and presented evidence and convinced the judge that a crime was committed involving foreign individuals contributing to a political election here in the United States through their actions on Facebook", Mariotti told CBS News' Elaine Quijano. He told Business Insider the search warrant "means that Mueller has concluded that specific foreign individuals committed a crime by making a "contribution" in connection with an election".

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To obtain a warrant, experts say Mueller would have needed to prove he has a reasonable suspicion a crime was committed.

Mapping the full Russian propaganda effort is important.

Sen. Mark Warner, the Virginia Democrat who co-chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, said last week that Twitter officials would soon talk with congressional investigators about Russian activity on its platform, the Journal reported.

"I called somebody who works for one of the technology companies that I work with, and I had them give me a tutorial on how to use Facebook micro-targeting", Kushner said.

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