Lawmakers slam social media giants for fake news and Russian ads

Posted November 02, 2017

Colin Stretch, Facebook's general counsel, said at one hearing that Facebook had more than 10,000 people working on safety and security and would have more than 20,000 people working on those efforts by the end of 2018. Verto also reported that Instagram added more than 15 million more users, based on Verto App Watch data on USA adults age 18 and older, marking an 11.6% increase from June to September.

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.

This group, set up by Russians, created this post saying that the Black Panther party was "dismantled by U.S. government because they were black men and women standing up for justice and equality".

It's round two for the world's biggest internet companies as they face off against congressional lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

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

"If we go through this exercise again, we would appreciate seeing the top people who are making the decision", said Senator Angus King, an independent.

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This ad, sponsored by a fake group called Army of Jesus, called Clinton a Satan whose "crimes and lies had proved just how evil she is".

USA lawmakers have threatened tougher regulation and fired questions at Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch in hearings this week. Like most of the Facebook ads, this one targeted those aged 18-65, and those who had liked the BlackMattersUS page - now known to be fake - and friends of those who had. That's on top of 3,000 content reviewers Facebook said it would hire to police violent videos.

What was orchestrated in St. Petersburg, Russia for a cost of about $200 in Facebook ads resulted in a real-life clash covered by local news.

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.

Like yesterday, the companies will face questions about the extent of Russian-backed propaganda on their platforms and the role it played in influencing American voters during the 2016 election.

The Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman explained that Russians organized a Heart of Texas rally and a concurrent United Muslims of America counterprotest on the same day at the same location in Houston. Experts have said that the Russians' goals included promoting discord in the USA and inciting violence.