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Facebook Cut Russia Out of April Report on Election Influence

18:25, Friday, 06 October, 2017
Facebook Cut Russia Out of April Report on Election Influence

Facebook removed all references to Russia from a public report in April concerning manipulation of its platform during the 2016 presidential election, according to a Wall Street Journal report Thursday.
     Mentions of Russia were eliminated due to concerns among Facebook's lawyers and members of its policy team that the company's understanding of Russian activity was too speculative, the newspaper reported. Ultimately, Facebook published a 13-page report on fake news on the platform and the steps it was taking to combat the problem after being shortened by several pages, the Journal reported.
     The report didn't mention Russia at all, instead concluding that "malicious actors" used false information to sway political opinions on the social network.
     The abundance of fake news on the internet in the lead-up to President Donald Trump's victory last year has become a hot-button issue, entangling tech giants like Facebook and Google. Numerous allegations say the fake news shared on the social networks helped Trump win.
     Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg initially called such a suggestion "a pretty crazy idea," but Facebook has since made it easier to report possible hoaxes, add warnings before you share a disputed article and downplay questionable stories in your news feed.

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