Oct 31, 2017

Social media firms under scrutiny for 'Russian meddling’

US lawmakers are eyeing new rules for tech companies, citing concerns over Russia's use of social media platforms during the 2016 election. Most of the posts focused on sowing political and social divisions, the firms have said. Facebook says some 80,000 posts were published between June 2015 and August 2017 and were seen by about 29 million Americans directly, according to a draft of prepared remarks seen by US media ahead of Tuesday's Senate judiciary committee hearing. "These actions run counter to Facebook's mission of building community and everything we stand for," Facebook's general counsel Colin Stretch said on Tuesday. Nov 2016: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says "The idea that fake news on Facebook influenced the election in any way is a pretty crazy idea".

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