Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Claims 'Tremendous Respect' for George Soros

Marsha Scott
November 17, 2018

Facebook said it had not named Russian Federation in a research paper about election meddling because it had felt the United States intelligence services were "best placed to determine the source".

"While we still have a long way to go, we're proud of the progress we have made in fighting misinformation, removing bad content and preventing foreign actors from manipulating our platform".

Did it plant negative news about rivals?

Those articles were then picked up by sites like Breitbart.

Zuckerberg also announced that Facebook's capability of detecting hate speech of any type has been improved, as a response to frequent accusations the company receives for not doing enough to stop hateful and unsafe speech.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday that the company wants to have such a review body by the end of next year.

Did Facebook try to generate positive headlines?

Facebook has plenty of money to continue to throw at Congress, but given the anger from both left and right, it is hard to believe the moment hasn't come for hard considerations about this company - the leader in social media.

Other technology companies had been critical of the proposed law.

Facebook's recently-fired PR firm allegedly floated a story to journalists that Apple News was biased against Republicans.

Paul Levy: This is going to be a really hard one to unpack, particularly in the world of fake news and the way that social media reports things, but clearly the accusations against George Soros are not new as well.

One approach it tested was arguing that Google had similar data-sharing deals with phone-makers.

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The bad news is not over for Facebook, with one of the giants of Silicon Valley's startup community, Salesforce founder Marc Benioff, describing the social media service as being an addiction like Nicotine in an interview to be aired on Sunday night, United States time. Numerous news headlines of the day focused on Google's empty chair.

When criticism of its belated Russian Federation admission grew, Facebook mounted a lobbying campaign led by Sandberg.

In fact, the Times said, for over a year Facebook had amassed evidence of Russian activity through an investigation led by its former security chief, Alex Stamos.

Also, Facebook plans to publish the minutes of its meetings when it decides new content policies. And with posts not in direct conflict with its community standard, Facebook had always maintained a stance of moderation.

What has the reaction been?

"There are broad questions about the role that Facebook is playing in the integrity of our elections, our democracy", Gaspard told National Public Radio.

Democratic congressman David Cicilline said in a post that "Facebook can not be trusted to regulate itself".

Documents obtained by NBC show Facebook paid Definers $3.3 million for its services in the first quarter of 2018 alone. Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment for this story.

We knew that Facebook's handling of its recent crises had been inept.

The board will launch in the beginning of 2019 after the company decides who will be a part of the new governing body and the process through which they will be petitioned, Zuckerberg wrote.

Why arrogant? Because time after time, Facebook has promised to reform itself and assured us greater technological advancement will solve the problem, even as it deepens.

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