FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly obtains Facebook search warrant

What $100,000 can buy you on Facebook

The records given to Mueller provide much more details than what the social media platform said last week to Congress.

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

Facebook first admitted to the dealings with the pro-Kremlin interest under testimony to Congressional intelligence committees last week.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, Republican from North Carolina, said this week he wanted a "full accounting" of what happened given Facebook's own admission that Russians appeared to buy US$100,000 (RM419,200) in political ads in the USA past year, and has said a public hearing is more likely than not. Facebook's policy states that, in accordance with the federal Stored Communications Act, it can only turn over the stored contents of an account in response to a search warrant.

Some lawmakers were unhappy with the lack of information divulged by Facebook. Sen.

The warrant obtained by Mueller means his team now has more information to look into how Russian Federation used social media to meddle in last year's presidential election. Facebook also gave Mueller information on the accounts that purchased the ads, according to the Journal.

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Facebook Inc, under pressure over its role in possible Russian meddling in last year's US presidential election, said it plans an election integrity initiative to protect Canada's next vote from cyber threats.

Alex Stamos, Facebook's Chief Security Officer, wrote in a blog post that most of the ads didn't focus on one candidate or the other, but "appeared to focus on amplifying divisive social and political messages across the ideological spectrum - touching on topics from LGBT matters to race issues to immigration to gun rights".

"We continue to work with the appropriate investigative authorities", Facebook said in a statement to CNN.

The implications for Trump campaign staffers are not good, given that the targeted ads bought by foreign interests were geographically targeted to very specific regions where polling showed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was vulnerable.

The company also listed out steps it has implemented towards curbing fake accounts and stories on the platform.

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