Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Fiery exchanges as politicians scold Facebook, Google and Twitter

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton spent $81 million on Facebook ads before last year's election Mark Zuckerberg Pledges to Invest in Preventing Abuse on Facebook
Lucas Bell | 02 November, 2017, 00:37

Specifically, CFO David Wehner says Facebook plans for expenses to grow 45 % to 60% in 2018 as Facebook invests in better security to thwart Russian election attackers, more content for its Watch tab of original video, and research for its long-term bets on artificial intelligence, Oculus, and augmented reality.

Neither Facebook, Google, nor Twitter executives were able to tell congressional investigators on Tuesday how much money they made from ads that appeared alongside Russian propaganda.

"We have a problem", Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., told the attorneys during the House Intelligence Committee meeting Wednesday.

In case you need another sign that investors aren't too anxious about Facebook's Russian Federation problem: The company's stock closed at an all-time high on Wednesday at $182.66 per share.

That comes after Zuckerberg opened wrote in today's earnings release that "We're serious about preventing abuse on our platforms".

"One witness this committee had said that their strategy is to take a crack in our society and turn it into a chasm", King said, later adding: "We as a society have to realize when we are being conned".

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He generated attention in 2008 with the launch of Nautilus, which was billed as the world's largest privately built submarine. Her headless torso was found in Koge Bay, south of the Danish capital, 11 days after she disappeared on 10 August.

Tech firms tried to draw attention to work that they were doing to improve and crack down on malicious foreign actors but were shot down in many cases by lawmakers who called their work to vague.

"We're deeply concerned. This is an issue that we talk about constantly", Sean Edgett, Twitter's acting general counsel, said at the hearing. Each general counsel also struggled to name an executive at their company who is specifically tasked with overseeing the threat. Facebook had previously disclosed that 126 million accounts were served that content on Facebook.

All three companies said they saw Russian activity on their platforms as early as the beginning of 2015, before the presidential election kicked off in earnest.

In the past six months, a growing body of evidence has revealed the extent to which the Kremlin used major social media platforms to influence the 2016 presidential election.

In a compelling opening, committee chair Richard Burr (R-N.C.) showed two Facebook groups created by Russians - one called "Heart of Texas" that peddled anti-immigrant messages and one called "United Muslims of America" that promoted Islamic pride. Experts have said that the Russians' goals included promoting discord in the USA and inciting violence.

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