"We support Congress in deciding how to best use this information to inform the public and we expect the government to publish its finding when the investigation is complete", Mr Zuckerberg said.
"I'm not going to sit here and tell you we're going to catch all bad content in our system".
And says, "I don't want anyone to use our tools to undermine our democracy". "We believe the public deserves a full accounting of what happened in the 2016 election, and we've concluded that sharing the ads we've discovered, in a manner that is consistent with our obligations to protect user information, can help".
The company will hire 250 more people in the next year to work on "election integrity", Zuckerberg said.
Mark Zuckerberg has pledged to make Facebook advertisements more transparent after acknowledging that groups linked to Russian Federation tried to use his website to influence the election.
Setting aside anything that might be problematic with that approach, Facebook also made the argument that the initial decision to withhold the ads was done so the company wouldn't set a troubling precedent for future information requests from any government.
When someone buys political ads on TV, they're required to disclose who paid for them. In an appearance on ABC's "This Week" last Sunday, Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff said he was "distressed that it has taken us this long to be informed that the Russians had paid for at least $100,000 of ads created to try to influence our electoral process". But you still don't know if you're seeing the same messages as everyone else.
"We're going to bring Facebook to an even higher standard of transparency", he said.
The vast majority of ads run by these accounts didn't specifically reference the United States presidential election, voting or a particular candidate.
That sounds like the sort of thing Russian Federation has been doing with its RT propaganda channel for years now.
Zuckerberg noted that most ads on Facebook are bought without an advertiser "ever speaking to anyone at Facebook". Release the ads so we can all see what Russian Federation was doing and make a judgment about it.