U.S. Senator Ben Sasse issued the following statement regarding Facebook’s announcement that it suspended more than 30 inauthentic pages and accounts suspected of engaging in information operations.

“Facebook has important roles as a platform for Americans to engage in free and vigorous debate, and as a tech leader that can help expose America’s adversaries who engage in information operations,” said Senator Sasse. “Today, Facebook took a significant step in making this information public and it should continue working to quickly identify who is behind this. Here’s what we already know: Russia and China understand that successful information operations don’t create new problems but exploit existing fissures – that’s why Moscow is working to divide Americans by stoking both sides of nearly every culture war. We know that Russia is coming back in 2018, 2020, and beyond. Americans in Washington and in Silicon Valley have work to do.”