Lawmakers criticize Facebook’s Zuckerberg for UK no-show, ‘Fake Zuckerberg’ demonstrates

admin   •   November 28, 2018   •   2237

 

Still of empty Zuckerberg chair and international lawyers | REUTERS

Facebook came under fire on Tuesday (November 27) from lawmakers from several countries who accused the firm of undermining democratic institutions and lambasted chief executive Mark Zuckerberg for not answering questions on the matter.

Facebook is being investigated by lawmakers in Britain after consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which worked on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, obtained the personal data of 87 million Facebook users from a researcher, drawing attention to the use of data analytics in politics.

Concerns over the social media giant’s practices, the role of political adverts and possible interference in the 2016 Brexit vote and U.S. elections are among the topics being investigated by British and European regulators.

While Facebook says it complies with EU data protection laws, a special hearing of lawmakers from several countries around the world in London criticized Zuckerberg for declining to appear himself to answer questions on the topic.

Richard Allan, the vice president of policy solutions at Facebook who appeared in Zuckerberg’s stead, admitted Facebook had made mistakes but said it had accepted the need to comply with data rules.

Facebook has faced a barrage of criticism from users and lawmakers after it said last year that Russian agents used its platform to spread disinformation before and after the 2016 U.S. presidential election, an accusation Moscow denies.

Campaign group Avaaz held a stunt outside parliament, where a campaigner posed for photographs wearing a large fake head depicting Zuckerberg. — Reuters

DOLE warns against FB pages promising cash, jobs

Marje Pelayo   •   January 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has warned the public against bogus Facebook pages promising cash or prizes in exchange for likes and shares as well as those purportedly hiring for employment.

“Verify the registration of such companies with appropriate government agencies before engaging with them, especially in providing information,” DOLE warned on Wednesday (January 7).

The alert came after DOLE acted on a complaint against a certain company named ‘Eternal Investment’ alleging that it is gathering people on Facebook and assigning them to job positions on a voluntary or commission basis. 

Recruits are allegedly assigned to positions such as executives, managers, and graphic artists.

The complaint also claimed that Eternal Investment is reportedly “manipulating people and not paying proper dues based on the output of the volunteers.” 

Upon coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), it was found out that ‘Eternal Investment’ is not registered with the DTI nor with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

To protect the public, the labor department’s Bureau of Local Employment brought the complaint to the SEC’s Enforcement and Investor Protection Department for further investigation.

Facebook removes pro-Trump group due to policy violation

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 6, 2020

Facebook on Thursday (November 5) removed the pro-Trump group, “Stop the Steal” for allegedly violating the social network’s policies.

“In line with the exceptional measures that we are taking during this period of heightened tension, we have removed the group ‘Stop the Steal,’ which was creating real-world events,” Facebook said in a statement.

The group has around 300,000 members which, according to Facebook, is being used to delegitimize the election process. Facebook also saw “worrying calls for violence from some members of the group.”

United States President Donald Trump on Thursday continued to question the integrity of the US voting system over alleged incidents of voting fraud.

Meanwhile, Trump said in his Twitter account that he and his team will challenge vote counts in states won by his challenger, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. AAC

Facebook offered to reconstruct taken down ‘Hands off our children’ page – AFP

Robie de Guzman   •   October 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Social media giant Facebook has offered to “reconstruct” an account it recently took down due to alleged links to the military and coordinated inauthentic behavior.

In a statement on Tuesday, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff General Gilbert Gapay said Facebook made the offer to reconstruct the “Hands Off Our Children” page but admitted that it cannot restore the original page.

The “Hands Off Our Children” page is a group composed of parents whose children were recruited into the New People’s Army (NPA).

The page was among the more than 100 pages that Facebook removed in October as it stepped up its campaign against fake accounts and pages that are spreading false information.

Facebook earlier said these accounts were traced to have links with China, the Philippine National Police and the military.

Gapay has expressed dismay over Facebook’s action and called it “unfair.”

“They are unfair to us in taking down those sites because there are many other sites that are really espousing hate, violence, terrorism that should have been taken down in the first place, not these good sites which [we] are advocating on Facebook,” he said.

Gapay said the official Facebook pages of the AFP and all its units remain active for updates on military efforts and activities.

He also stressed that the Philippine military does not engage in sharing fake news and disinformation on social media.

The AFP already met with Facebook representatives to thresh out issues on their social media pages. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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