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Facebook denies request for Zuckerberg to appear before Canadian, British lawmakers

Facebook denies request for Zuckerberg to appear before Canadian, British lawmakers

World
Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg declined an invitation to testify before British and Canadian lawmakers about the social media giant's data privacy. Facebook's head of U.K. public policy Rebecca Stimson and head of Canada public policy Kevin Chan, responded to the request by British Member of Parliament Damian Collins and Canadian Member of Parliament Bob Zimmer in a letter released Wednesday, informing the lawmakers it isn't possible for Zuckerberg "to be available to all Parliaments." "While he is unable to accept your invitation we continue to fully recognize the seriousness of these issues and remain committed to working with you to provide any additional relevant information you require for your respective inquiries," they wrote. In their letter to Facebook i...
Facebook used to 'incite offline violence' in Myanmar, says report

Facebook used to 'incite offline violence' in Myanmar, says report

Technology
Facebook has said it agrees with a report that found it had failed to prevent its platform being used to "incite offline violence" in Myanmar.The independent report, commissioned by Facebook, said the platform had created an "enabling environment" for the proliferation of human rights abuse.It comes after widespread violence against the Rohingya minority which the UN has said may amount to genocide. The report said Facebook would have to "get it right" before 2020 elections.Facebook has more than 18 million users in Myanmar. For many, the social media site is their main or only way of getting and sharing news.The network said it had made progress in tackling its problems in Myanmar but that there was "more to do". Last year, the ...
Facebook status update fails to spook investors

Facebook status update fails to spook investors

Business
Facebook's shares rose in after-hours trading after its latest results soothed investor fears of a drop-off in user growth. Its third quarter figures showed a rise in user growth, revenue and profits.The company had previously warned of an easing in key growth rates for the rest of the year because of several pressures including the rising cost of security protection.While it missed analysts' estimates in terms of user growth between July and September, Facebook still achieved 2.27 billion monthly active users while daily active users rose to 1.49 billion from 1.47 billion in the previous three months. Image: Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook's platforms, which include Instagram and WhatsApp, are continuing to grow They represented an...
Facebook pulls Iran accounts trying to influence UK politics

Facebook pulls Iran accounts trying to influence UK politics

Technology
Facebook has removed dozens of accounts linked to Iran for spreading disinformation to more than a million followers in the UK and US. Around 82 pages, including groups and accounts, were deleted after posting about topics such as race relations and immigration in a pattern of "coordinated inauthentic behaviour," the social media giant said.It comes after the social network removed hundreds of pages, groups and profiles linked to Iran which posed as news organisations or activists in the English-speaking world in August.:: Facebook hires Nick Clegg as head of global affairs Some posts targeted Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, while others attacked US President Donald Trump.Facebook, which has more than two billion users, detected the suspiciou...
Facebook finds more fake accounts from Iran

Facebook finds more fake accounts from Iran

Technology
Facebook has uncovered and removed dozens of pages, accounts and groups linked to Iran that the firm says coordinated "inauthentic behaviour", targeting people in the US and UK.The affected posts focused on divisive topics such as race relations, opposition to President Donald Trump and immigration, it said.The social network revealed that it uncovered the activity a week ago."We can't say for sure who is responsible," it said in a blog post.It added that it had so far found no ties to the Iranian government but that its investigation was ongoing.The company said it had identified 82 pages, groups and accounts that were coordinating inauthentic behaviour on Facebook and Instagram in violation of the platform's policies.Only two advertisements were connect...