FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly obtains Facebook search warrant

The information provided to Mueller's investigators include "copies of the ads and details about the accounts that bought them and the targeting criteria they used", the Journal reported.

"There have been a lot of questions since the 2016 USA election about Russian interference in the electoral process", said Alex Stamos, Chief Security Officer at Facebook, in a blog post.

Facebook said last week it found about US$100,000 (RM419,200) in ad spending connected to fake accounts probably run from Russian Federation.

Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti says reports that special counsel Robert Mueller got a search warrant for Facebook content could be "the biggest news" related to Mueller's investigation since a raid on Paul Manafort's home. A spokeswoman told CNN Thursday that the company isn't sure how many Kremlin-backed ads appeared on the site to influence USA politics.

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

A new wrinkle has appeared in the investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election-and the outcome might boil down to fake Facebook accounts. Mark Warner, D-Va., who's on the Senate Intelligence Committee, suggested the committee may call Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies in for more information.

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.

"This is big news", said former Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence agent Asha Rangappa, "and potentially bad news for the Russian election interference 'deniers'".

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The fact that Mueller obtained a warrant means he's already made a strong case for Russia's meddling with the election.

Google, which said last week it had seen no evidence of a Russian ad campaign on its platforms during last year's USA election, earlier this year offered to defend election organizers and civic groups against cyber attacks free of charge. Instead, the ads focused on spurring divisive social and political views, from topics like LGBT, race, immigration and the Second Amendment.

Facebook said it is cooperating with investigators and declined to comment further.

The company also listed out steps it has implemented towards curbing fake accounts and stories on the platform. "For example, if somebody knew about the Russian operation and helped it succeed, they could also be criminally liable", he said.

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