Facebook tightens issue ads, political ads to prevent election interference

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Winterton said that for individual Facebook users, worrying about this data scraping won't do much good - after all, the data is already out there.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, appears on stage during a town hall at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, U.S., September 27, 2015.

Facebook now has about 15,000 people working on security and content review, and "we'll have more than 20,000 by the end of this year".

It's far from certain what action, if any, the GOP-led Congress and the Trump administration might take against Facebook, but the company will nearly certainly oppose any efforts to regulate it or the technology business sector more broadly.

Sandberg also touched on another contentious issue for Facebook: the role it will play in the upcoming elections and in the USA political system as a whole. Let us know in the comments!

As Facebook evolved from a closed Harvard-only network with no ads to a giant corporation with $40 billion in advertising revenue and huge subsidiaries like Instagram and WhatsApp, its privacy policy has also shifted - over and over. It seemed to have been done without explicit consent, though Facebook says it only collected such data from Android users who specifically allowed it to do so - for instance, by agreeing to permissions when installing Facebook.

The change in stance, announced in a Facebook post by Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, comes a few days before he is scheduled to answer questions in congressional hearings about how the company handles its users' data. He later transferred the data to political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked on Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

A foreign entity could conceivably use such information to influence elections or stir up discord - exactly what Russian Federation is alleged to have done, using Facebook and other social media, in the 2016 presidential elections.

"We're doing an investigation, we're going to do audits and yes, we think it's possible, that's why we're doing the audit", she said.

Jourova on Thursday said she will seek updates on ongoing probes by European Union and United Kingdom privacy watchdogs, as well as the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. "We will take whatever steps are required to see that this happens". "This is going to keep happening", Sandberg said. At the moment, Facebook has not unveiled the names of the 335 users in India.

Sandberg joined Facebook as second in command in 2008 and was then touted as the adult in the room who would help company co-founder Zuckerberg by bringing management expertise she had gained from six years at Google. "These included limiting the retention period for Mark's messages in Messenger", a Facebook representative said. She has been critical to Facebook's success in becoming a behemoth in advertising. As of 2015, one in five minutes spent in mobile apps was on Facebook. All eyes would be on the Facebook boss next week, when he testifies in front of US House and Senate, following which there can be consequences that could hamper the company's operations.

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