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Reuters: Facebook to start verifying ad buyers' IDs through mail

Facebook Inc. plans to verify the identities and locations of those wishing to purchase advertisements related to U.S. elections by sending postcards containing specific codes through the U.S. mail, Reuters reported, citing Katie Harbath, Facebook's global director of policy programs. Harbath was speaking at a conference.

The code will prove that the purchaser is located in the U.S., Harbath said, according to the news service. The postcard process will be put into use ahead of the November mid-term elections.

Postcards will be required when a specific candidate running for office is mentioned in an ad, according to the report. They will not be required for ads dealing with political issues.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office announced Feb. 16 that a U.S. federal grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities on allegations that they interfered in the U.S. presidential election.