CBC members to press Facebook's Sandberg on race issues

CBC members to press Facebook's Sandberg on race issues

CBC members to press Facebook's Sandberg on race issues

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom government has suggested regulating Facebook and Google as media companies and publishers, which would make them legally responsible for the content posted on their platforms. US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation used cyber-enabled means in an attempt to help Trump win the White House, an allegation the Kremlin has denied.

"We're a new kind of platform", she said, echoing Mark Zuckerberg's words verbatim from a December 2016 talk on Facebook Live.

Facebook went on to state that "our analysis suggests these accounts and Pages were affiliated with one another and likely operated out of Russian Federation".

Sandberg held an additional meeting with Schiff, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and No. 2 House Democrat Steny Hoyer of Maryland.

Investigators have recently focused on the spread of false news stories and propaganda on social media and have pressured Facebook, along with Twitter and Google, to release any Russia-linked ads.

As more facts continue to unfold regarding how external forces influenced last year's USA elections, Google has reportedly uncovered how Russia-linked accounts bought election ads on its network.

One of Facebook's top executives met Wednesday with House members investigating the company's Russia-linked ads and told them the social media giant is serious about dealing with the issue. Information about how the ads targeted specific types of users would also be released, she said.

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Meanwhile, Congress has started multiple investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election, with lawmakers on both sides saying Russia meant to sow discord in the USA, spread propaganda and sway the election to elect Donald Trump.

Sandberg acknowledged that the company had erred in how it handled the issue of foreign interference previous year.

"We don't check the information posted on Facebook before people post it, and I don't think people should want us to", she said. "Any time there is abuse on our platform, it troubles us".

Moreover, Sandberg said she disagreed with Twitter's initial decision to take down Congressional candidate Marsha Blackburn's campaign ad because it included "an inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction".

After Congressional pressure, Facebook handed over the over 3,000 ads, which 10 million people saw.

"When these bad actors are trying to cause harm, they don't just go on our platform - they go on others", Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg told Axios on Thursday.

Representatives from all three internet companies are expected to appear before an open Senate Intelligence Committee on November 1, as evidence continues to mount that their platforms were manipulated with the aim of steering Trump towards winning the presidency.

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