In letters to the companies dated Tuesday, Smith of Texas wrote that in light of Facebook's recent disclosure that it was paid by Russians for election-related ads, it's likely Moscow took a similar approach with energy.
Some of Facebook's Russia-linked ads supported President Donald Trump, some boosted Green Party candidate Jill Stein, and others touted Sen.
President Donald Trump accused Facebook on Wednesday of being "anti-Trump", hinting without evidence that the social media giant colluded with "Fake News" organizations such as The New York Times and Washington Post.
USA officials investigating Russia's alleged attempt to interfere in the election are now looking into such adverts. It is also suspected that these Russian actors had an impact on the results of the elections, and if not, then they had vast influence. Last June, cybersecurity experts at the company found that the Russian hacking group Fancy Bear was setting up several "shadowy accounts" on Facebook to amplify the reach of the hacked DNC emails, according to The Post. However, now it is believed that between $3,000 and $100,000 of those ads are linked to this group.
"Virtually no President has accomplished what we have accomplished in the first 9 months-and economy roaring", he added.
House Science and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican and climate change denier, asked the CEOs of the technology companies to turn over documents by October 10 that detail the involvement of Russian-based or funded entities detected on their platforms, information on ads they purchased, and any communications concerning ads advocating for "so-called green initiatives". Later on, Facebook said it will give the information to Congress.