Facebook pushes ad overhaul before 2018 USA presidential elections

Laverne Mann
October 13, 2017

The Sandberg discussion is part of a growing feeling in the CBC that lawmakers need to draw the line with technology companies who they say are neglecting matters that hurt people of color on their platforms and within their companies.

Silicon Valley's tech giants have come under increasing scrutiny from lawmakers amid revelations that they may have helped last year's presidential election.

Officials from Facebook and the committee did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

She defined fake news as "things that are false hoaxes" and said Facebook is working to stamp out the bad information by teaming up with third-party fact checkers and warning users before they share news deemed fake by Facebook.

Disclosures by Facebook, Twitter Inc. and Alphabet Inc.'s Google that their products were battlegrounds for Russian election meddling previous year have turned into a crisis for Silicon Valley.

Sandberg made the trip to Washington D.C.to inform USA lawmakers about progress in Facebook's internal investigation into the Russian adverts on the site.

Google has reportedly discovered evidence that Russian Federation used its platforms in a bid to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Congressional committees and special counsel Robert Mueller are investigating Russian interference in the election, including whether there was any collusion between Trump associates and Moscow. Russian Federation apparently took advantage of controversies surrounding Hillary Clinton [the email scandal that rocked her campaign], and further dug in with the said ads bought from some Silicon Valley giants.

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

He said Sandberg also indicated the company wants the help of the intelligence community to identify who may be using Facebook for those reasons.

She said the company had been too permissive at times in terms of how advertisers were allowed to target users.

"When you allow free expression, you allow free expression", she said.

Twitter took down the video, saying a remark Blackburn made about opposing abortion was inflammatory, but later recanted.

Facebook has turned over the ads - and information on how they were targeted, such as by geography or to people with a certain political affiliation - to congressional investigators.

In an interview with the news site Axios on Thursday, Sandberg said Facebook has the responsibility to prevent the kind of abuse that occurred on its service during the election.

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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