Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Facebook asks users if they think it's 'good for the world'

Facebook asks users if they think it's 'good for the world'

The magazine reported that Bailey Kircher, her sister, and also her co-worker Brittany Stephanis found dozens of unpublished videos had been stored in her Facebook archive dating all the way back to 2008. "This update is about taking down their pages targeting people living in Russia", Zuckerberg added.

In February, 13 Russian nationals were indicted for using the website, along with other social media sites, to interfere in the USA presidential election.

FACEBOOK has taken down more than 270 pages and accounts that were ran by Russia's digital propaganda department.

95 percent of the accounts operated in Russian and targeted Russia or Russian-speakers in nearby countries including Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine. Zuckerberg said that while the company respects "people and governments sharing political views on Facebook", it would remove the pages of any organization that attempted repeatedly to set up fake accounts meant to mislead users.

Facebook spokesperson Elisabeth Diana confirmed to TechCrunch that the company was building a permissions tool. When an organization does this repeatedly, we take down all of their pages, including ones that may not be fake themselves.

According to Facebook, more than one million users followed at least one of the 138 pages.

Social media has immediately exploded with users saying that no, Facebook is not good for the world and asking CEO Mark Zuckerberg to "delete his site".

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He also specified that, of the remaining five percent of content Facebook removed on Tuesday, 2% was "bilingual" - written in Russian and one other language - and three percent was written in English. "We don't allow people to have fake accounts, and if you repeatedly try to set up fake accounts to manipulate things, then our policy is to ban all of your accounts".

Elon Musk followed suit, deactivating the Facebook pages for two companies he leads, Tesla and SpaceX, and declaring publicly that the social media platform "gives me the willies".

In Germany too, he said, Facebook worked directly with the Federal Office for Information Security before the 2017 elections to learn about the threats they saw and to share information. It did not offer data on how many users were reached by the 70 IRA-linked Facebook accounts that have been removed.

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Earlier this month, whistleblower Christopher Wylie revealed Cambridge Analytica created psychological profiles on 50 million Facebook users via a personality prediction app. "We view this as a seminal moment that's going to change the nature of privacy, content and ad transparency".

"I think we will dig through this hole, but it will take a few years".

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