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Despite privacy concerns, the public appears to still want to use Facebook in some capacity.

Collins asked whether the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a Russia-based company accused of churning out fake news during the U.S. presidential campaign, had used Facebook's targeting tools.

"It is a bad idea that a nation state is using our product to interfere in a democratic election by masquerading as citizens of the US". Schroepfer said: "As soon as the information commissioner asked us to stand down, we said of course your investigation takes precedence".

Schroepfer explained that Facebook no longer allows developers the level of access to data that GSR enjoyed.

"We did look for connections between the Russian IRA and the Brexit election, we found $1 of spend... nearly nothing".

It's something we're working very hard on.




Committee members didn't hide their frustration with Facebook's chief technical officer, Mike Schroepfer, who was forced to defend the company against suggestions that it was cavalier with user data and has done little to stem the spread of fake news. Julian Knight, a Conservative MP and former journalist, demanded that Schroepfer apologise for "this bullying tactic".

"You aren't an innocent party wronged by the likes of Cambridge Analytica".

"I respectfully disagree with that assessment", Schroepfer said. The company also unveiled plans to label political ads, and who has paid for them, before May 2019. "At the same time, we also need to keep building new services that bring people together in meaningful new ways".

On Tuesday the Cambridge academic at the centre of the row dismissed claims the information he harvested from Facebook users could have been used to influence voters. "We made mistakes and we are taking steps to make sure it doesn't happen again", Schroepfer was quoted by Reuters as writing in his statement. "Not never, but rarely", he said in response to a question asking if it fully audited every app.

"That puts a lot of work on the user", replied Mr Collins. They and others have been notified, as Facebook undergoes a review of all apps on its platform and their privacy practices. The list goes on and on, but the lesson is that Facebook was never some online utopia, even when a vast majority of its users weren't abusing it. "He is trying to dedicate his time in the office to solve these problems to get to the heart of it". During his evidence session earlier this week, Kogan had declined to answer several questions about the NDA he had with Facebook.

The video has an up-to-down vote ratio of less than 1.0, so we wouldn't be surprised if people aren't receptive to it when it's run on TV and in movie theaters this July.


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