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Klobuchar applauds Facebook changes for political transparency

Klobuchar applauds Facebook changes for political transparency Klobuchar applauds Facebook changes for political transparency
Conrad Doyle | 07 April, 2018, 08:07

In the latest version of its data policy, Facebook declares that it will no longer share users' information with data brokers, and that it is being ultra-clear about who will get data and where it will go.

Facebook has been reeling ever since Christopher Wylie of Cambridge Analytica came forward to talk about how his company has been using Facebook data it received from an academic researcher who scraped it all together with a single third-party Facebook app.

The episode has sparked questions over privacy on the social media platform, and led to calls for tough new regulation. It also said Facebook has been hesitant to engage with Myanmar organizations to address the hate speech problem systematically and that the company had lacked transparency in responding to the issue.

Messenger, which allows users to chat amongst themselves, became a point of interest this week after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company had "detected" that "sensational messages" were being sent via Messenger in Myanmar.

"In that case, our systems detect that that's going on", Zuckerberg said during an interview with Vox.

"The first thing we're doing is we're going after fake accounts".

The letter dated Thursday charged that Facebook did not have enough in-house Myanmar-language monitors and said it was hard to quickly bring Facebook's attention to escalating situations that could trigger bloodshed.

Facebook has been heavily criticised after admitting 87 million Facebook users may have had their data harvested by Cambridge Analytica, the data firm that worked with the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.

Zuckerberg said on Friday that he also wanted to shed more light on "issue ads", or ads that discuss a political subject but do not directly relate to an election or a candidacy. They gave us assurances and it wasn't until other people told us it wasn't true, ' she said.

Facebook's data policy - which was updated on Wednesday - states that it collects "the content, communications and other information you provide when you ... message or communicate with others".

Sandberg explained that Cambridge Analytica assured them the user data had all been deleted (it had not), and that Facebook trusted them.

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