Facebook announces to share Russia-linked ads with U.S. Congress
admin • September 22, 2017 • 2884
FILE PHOTO: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the Alumni Exercises following the 366th Commencement Exercises at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has been under pressure to do more to prevent the use of Facebook for election manipulation.
In a live broadcast on Facebook, Zuckerberg said that he supported the investigation by the U.S. Congress and so he announced on Thursday that his company plans to share with U.S. congressional investigators some 3,000 political ads that it says Russia-based operatives ran on Facebook in the months before and after last year’s U.S. presidential election.
“I wish I could tell you that we’re going to be able to stop all interference, but that just wouldn’t be realistic. There will always be bad actors in the world and we can’t prevent all governments from all interference, but we can make it harder. We can make it much harder, and that’s what we’re going to focus on doing,” said the chief executive.
Zuckerberg laid out nine steps that he said Facebook was taking to deter governments from using the world’s largest social network to interfere with elections.
In one major change, Facebook will make political ads on the social network more transparent, so that people can see which ads are being run in connection with an election.
“Going forward and maybe the most important step we’re taking is we’re going to make political advertising more transparent. So when someone buys political ads on TV or other media, they’re required by law to disclose who paid for them. But you still don’t know if you’re seeing the same messages as everyone else. So we’re going to bring Facebook to an even higher standard of transparency,” said Zuckerberg. — Reuters
Unlike most of the kids his age, Lance Abarquez is not used to playing.
While 12-year-olds like him would run around or play ball, Lance would prefer selling tinapa or smoked fish.
At the tender age of 12, Lance is doing everything he can to succeed in life.
“Hindi po ako sanay maglaro po, iyong nanay ko po kasi mahirap din po (I was never used to playing because my mom was poor),” he said.
Lance started selling when he was eight years old. Similar to some superhero backstory, he never knew his biological parents. Instead, Lance was able to find a home with Soledad Reyes and Eduardo Abarquez.
Unfortunately, his foster mother, Soledad passed away while his father got diagnosed with tuberculosis.
Despite the struggles at an early age, Lance continues to face his everyday life with hope and perseverance—like most superheroes. He wakes up at 6:00 a.m. to study and will go home as late as 9:00 p.m. for selling smoked fish.
His superhero goal? Save up for college and to help his sick father.
Lance said he wanted to give back the love and support he received from his father.
“Masuklian ko siya sa pag-aalaga niya po sa akin dati (I want to repay him for taking care of me),” he said.
Lance recently went viral on social media after a netizen posted his story on Facebook.
Get to know more about Lance’s story on Istorya at 5:00 p.m., Saturday.—AAC
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Tuesday (October 15) for talks that are expected to focus on economic ties and security in the Middle East region.
Upon arrival, Putin was greeted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan at the airport.
Putin’s trip to the region signals Moscow’s growing Middle East clout.
On Monday (October 14) he visited Saudi Arabia for the first time in over a decade, buoyed by Russian military gains in Syria, strong ties with Riyadh’s regional rivals and energy cooperation. (Reuters)
MMDA Spokesperson Asec. Celine Pialago has filed a complaint before the PNP Anti-cybercrime group against the administrators of three Facebook pages who allegedly have been disseminating false information about her.
In a post of Pinoy laugh page, it stated that Pialago has allegedly advised commuters to better stay at home if they were having difficulty commuting to work.
Pialago vehemently denied saying such a statement.
Aside from the said administrators, the MMDA spokesperson is also planning to hold the twitter page users responsible for spreading fake news about her.
The PNP Anti-cybercrime group is now looking into the identities of the said Facebook page administrators. —FSG (with details from April Cenedoza)
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