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Facebook Inc warned on Jan 22 that it could offer no assurance that social media was on balance good for democracy, but the company said it was trying what it could to stop alleged meddling in elections by Russia or anyone else.
The US Federal Communications Commission vote on Thursday to roll back net neutrality rules could galvanise young voters, a move Democrats hope will send millennials to the polls in greater numbers and bolster their chances in next year's elections.
Alphabet Inc's Google unit told US election regulators in a letter seen by Reuters on Thursday that it "strongly supports" tightening rules on online political advertising as part of efforts to curtail "foreign abuse and influence" in elections.
Facebook Inc is looking to hire people who have national security clearances, a move the company thinks is necessary to prevent foreign powers from manipulating future elections through its social network, according to a person familiar with the matter.
After witnessing the role fake news and Russian interference played in the US presidential election, many analysts worried a similar phenomenon would also plague last Sunday’s German federal elections.
A year ago the European Parliament attacked Facebook Inc in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Now it’s embroiled in a privacy scandal of its own after using US software company NationBuilder to process political data concerning more than 300,000 people.
Facebook Inc on Tuesday placed a “voting info” label on a post by US president Donald Trump that said mail-in voting would lead to a “CORRUPT ELECTION”.
Google, Facebook and Twitter have to do more to tackle fake news ahead of key European Parliament elections next month, the European Commission said on April 22, as its latest report showed a lack of progress in some areas.
A text-generating “bot” nicknamed Tobi produced nearly 40,000 news stories about the results of the November 2018 elections in Switzerland for the media giant Tamedia – in just five minutes.
Google, Facebook and Twitter have fallen short of their pledges to combat fake news, three months before key European elections, the European Commission said on Feb 28.