Al Franken Lays Into Facebook Executive Over Russian Ad Buys in Tense Senate Hearing

The Minnesota senator looked visibly distraught by the end of his questioning.
 Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) asked Facebook Vice President and General Counsel Colin Stretch how it was possible to not notice Russia’s political advertising purchases made using 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 commit to simply not accepting 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 exhasperated Franken asked. "You’re sophisticated. You’re the chief legal counsel for Facebook. Please answer 'yes' or 'no.'” Watch the exchange below.  

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