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    Facebook admits states have used its service to influence foreign elections

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      Facebook admits states have used its service to influence foreign elections

      Facebook admits states have used its service to influence foreign elections*
      Facebook has admitted for the first time that foreign powers have used its service to manipulate election results by peddling fake news. The social media giant said governments and other organisations have exploited its technology to spread false information in order to sway voters before they head to the polls.

      In a 13 page document, the company outlined how its platform was used to influence the US presidential election last year.

      It described how “malicious actors” posted false news stories from external websites onto Facebook and then boosted them using fake accounts. The company supported the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s conclusion earlier this year that the Russian Government was most likely responsible for such a campaign.

      The news will heighten fears that foreign governments could be waging a similar campaign to influence the French presidential elections. Facebook said it has already deleted more than 30,000 fake accounts in France that were found to be repeatedly posting stories or violating its guidelines.

      Social media experts confirmed they have seen misinformation about Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron being shared on the social network.

      The research was released alongside Facebook's annual Government Requests report, which revealed a 9 per cent increase in requests for user information last year.

      Facebook said: "The vast majority of these requests relate to criminal cases, such as robberies or kidnappings. In many of these cases, the government is requesting basic subscriber information, such as name and length of service. Requests may also ask for IP address logs or account content."

      Separately, a court case in Lithuania alleged Facebook and Google had been tricked out of $100m each after falling for an email scam.
      It emerged that the two technology giants may have been duped by a fraudster into handing over the large sums of money in a sham email.


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      Re: Facebook admits states have used its service to influence foreign elections

      Just glad I do not use it.

      'malicious actors', strange term.

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      Re: Facebook admits states have used its service to influence foreign elections

      Money talks ALWAYS!

     

     

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