Facebook will testify before Congress on Russia interference in 2016 election

By Wednesday, October 4, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Facebook will testify before Congress about its influence on the 2016 election. ;

The news, confirmed via a source at Facebook, arrived just as Sen. Richard Burr and Sen. Mark Warner held a press conference Wednesday to provide updates on what their team has done since launching the investigation on Russia’s interference—and to warn that Russian meddling had not stopped.

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Warner and Burr emphasized that their investigation is ongoing, and that collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russians had not been ruled out. ; Read more…

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Facebook will testify before Congress on Russian interference in 2016 election

By Wednesday, October 4, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Facebook will testify before Congress about its influence on the 2016 election. ;

The news, confirmed via a source at Facebook, arrived just as Sen. Richard Burr and Sen. Mark Warner held a press conference Wednesday to provide updates on what their team has done since launching the investigation on Russia’s interference—and to warn that Russian meddling had not stopped. Twitter also agreed to testify, Recode reported. ;

SEE ALSO: Zuckerberg fires back at Trump over Facebook’s role in the U.S. election

Sens. Warner and Burr emphasized that their investigation is ongoing, and that collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russians had not been ruled out. The senators also reiterated their call for Facebook, Google, and Twitter to testify in open hearings—which Facebook and Twitter has now said it will do. Read more…

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By Friday, September 29, 2017 0 Permalink 0

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Zuckerberg’s non-statement on Trump and fake news is a total cop out

By Wednesday, September 27, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg issued a statement Wednesday addressing President Donald Trump, fake news, and his company’s controversial role in the 2016 presidential election. And, perhaps unsurprisingly coming from a man whose idea of connecting with reality is a carefully managed 50-state photo op, his words were polished to the point of meaninglessness. ;

Zuck was responding to a rambling presidential tweet that both maligned the social network-turned-advertising company and insisted it’s “anti-Trump.” Possibly sensing an opportunity to garner some public goodwill, the best dressed man in Silicon Valley assured his 96 million followers that, nah, he’s doing his very best to be fair and balanced. And that he’s trying. Like, really hard. ; Read more…

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Obama tried to warn Zuckerberg about Russia and fake news

By Monday, September 25, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Facebook was not aware of just how much Russia was doing to affect the outcome of the 2016 U.S. election—but they were warned.

A Sunday story by The Washington Post reported that former President Barack Obama tried twice to warn Zuckerberg about the risk of fake news on the election, specifically naming Russia. The first time was as early as June 2016, according to anonymous sources speaking to WaPo. This report comes a month after Facebook came forward with 3,000 Russian-linked ads sold during the 2016 election.

That meeting between Obama and Zuckerberg is not breaking news. A New York Times Magazine article from April also noted the meeting, but WaPo‘s report explores more of the conversation and the conflict. ; Read more…

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Obama tried to warn Zuckerberg about fake news

By Monday, September 25, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Facebook was not aware of just how much Russia was doing to affect the outcome of the 2016 U.S. election—but they did talk about fake news repeatedly with former President Barack Obama.

A Sunday story by The Washington Post reported that Obama spoke with Zuckerberg about fake news at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Peru in November, days after the election. That conversation was not about Russia or other foreign influence, however. ;

Another detail uncovered by WaPo was that Facebook approached the FBI in June 2016 with evidence of Russian accounts, according to several anonymous sources. This report comes a month after Facebook came forward with 3,000 Russian-linked ads sold during the 2016 election. Prior to Trump’s victory, Facebook did not know of the ad spend. ; Read more…

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Mark Zuckerberg is gifting as much as $12.8 billion to his own foundation in 2018

By Friday, September 22, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Must be nice to be a billionaire. ;

Just a day after he somewhat apologized for somewhat undermining democracy, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared Friday he would be fueling his own philanthropic organization with about $12.8 billion over the next 18 months.

SEE ALSO: Mark Zuckerberg’s refusal to make Russia-linked Facebook ads public is a disgrace

This announcement came just after news broke that Facebook would be withdrawing a plan to reclassify the company’s stock. Zuckerberg was scheduled to testify on the matter in Delaware Chancery Court in just a few days.

Zuckerberg had wanted to create a new pool of non-voting shares that would allow him to retain control of the company while also sticking to his plan to give away 99 percent of his and his wife’s Facebook shares over their lifetimes. ; Read more…

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Mark Zuckerberg’s refusal to make Russia-linked Facebook ads public is a disgrace

By Thursday, September 21, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Forever tainting the otherwise inoffensive gray-to-beige color palette, billionaire Mark Zuckerberg took to Facebook Live today to address his company’s role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. ;

Perched behind a pretend Oval Office desk in a room straight out of an Ikea-meets-TwilightZone mashup, he spoke directly to the American people about the approximately 3,000 Russia-linked ads — which possibly helped Donald Trump win the election — that his company profited from.

Zuckerberg promised to turn the advertisements in question over to congressional investigators, but stopped short of saying he would release them to the public. Which is a total bullshit cop out, and he should be ashamed of himself. ; Read more…

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Facebook handed over info on those Russia-linked ads under a search warrant

By Saturday, September 16, 2017 0 Permalink 0

There’s more to the $100,000 in ads that Facebook sold to a Russian propaganda company. ;

Special counsel and former FBI Director Robert Mueller obtained a search warrant that forced Facebook to hand over the ads it sold to a company known for pro-Kremlin propaganda, as well as information about them. The Wall Street Journal first reported that Facebook gave up the ads, and CNN later added it was because Mueller obtained a warrant. ;

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Facebook first admitted to the dealings with the pro-Kremlin interest under testimony to Congressional intelligence committees last week. Without a warrant, however, Facebook didn’t have to actually turn over the ads or relevant records to Congress. Read more…

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