RIGA, April 13 (Xinhua) -- The Latvian Corruption Prevention Bureau no longer considers blocking Facebook in the run-up to Latvia's coming parliamentary election after successful talks with the social network's representatives, the anti-corruption bureau's chief Jekabs Straume told reporters on Friday.
After the meeting with the Facebook delegation, which had arrived in Riga, Straume said at the news conference that Facebook was open to cooperation with Latvian authorities and that further talks via video conference were being planned for May.
The meeting between the Corruption Prevention Bureau's officials and the Facebook representatives focused on ensuring the transparency of the election process, particularly the financing of political parties' campaign advertisements, as well as curbing dissemination of fake news.
Straume said after the meeting that the Latvian side no longer considered blocking Facebook ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections, which Latvia is going to hold in October.
The Latvian Corruption Prevention Bureau wants Facebook to provide information on the persons and organizations that finance political advertising on the social network so that the anti-corruption bureau could make sure that these campaigns are not paid with money of obscure origin.
Straume admitted that other unlike Facebook, other global social networks have so far been less cooperative in their relations with the Latvian authorities. Latvia's once hugely popular national social network Draugiem.lv, meanwhile does not plan to allow political advertising on its website at all.
Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis, who met with Facebook representatives during his visit to the United States last week, also said the social network's representatives had assured him of their readiness for cooperation.