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The US Federal Election Commission voted on Sept 14 to seek public comment on possible regulatory changes after Facebook Inc said that Russians bought ads on the No 1 social network during the US presidential campaign.
Russia’s effort to influence US voters through Facebook and other social media is a “red-hot” focus of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 election and possible links to President Donald Trump’s associates, according to sources.
Legislation or regulation may be needed to require Facebook Inc and other social-media companies to prevent foreign adversaries from manipulating the feeds viewed by US citizens, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said.
The laws that prohibit foreign nationals from spending money to influence US elections do not prevent them from lawfully buying some kinds of political ads on Facebook and other online networks.
Facebook said it would not disclose information about political campaign advertising or related data such as how many users click on ads.
The US agency charged with ensuring that voting machines meet security standards was itself penetrated by a hacker after the November elections, according to a security firm working with law enforcement on the matter.
Next month's US Senate election in Wisconsin could gain Silicon Valley a key ally in Washington in the high-tech industry's battle against the US government's growing appetite for more access to private data.
A US Republican Party website selling campaign stickers and other political gear is among thousands of websites infected with a credit-card stealing virus that sent data to a server in Russia, according to a Dutch security researcher.
A US senator seen by Silicon Valley as one of the technology industry's main foes in Congress is fighting for his political life as Donald Trump's slumping poll numbers threaten to damage Republican candidates across the board.
Thailand's election commission filed charges against a group for posting "foul and strong" comments online criticising a military-backed draft constitution, the first case filed under a law that prohibits campaigning on the charter.