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Facebook Cannot Regulate Itself: U.S. Lawmakers

Now we know that once they knew the truth, top @Facebook executives did everything they could to hide it from the public.

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Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., center, talks with Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., right, during a House Judiciary Committee meeting on Capitol Hill. VOA

Democratic U.S. Representative David Cicilline, expected to become the next chairman of House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel, said on Wednesday that Facebook cannot be trusted to regulate itself and Congress should take action.

Cicilline, citing a report in the New York Times on Facebook’s efforts to deal with a series of crises, said on Twitter: “This staggering report makes clear that @Facebook executives will always put their massive profits ahead of the interests of their customers.”

“It is long past time for us to take action,” he said. Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said a year ago that the company would put its “community” before profit, and it has doubled its staff focused on safety and security issues since then. Spending also has increased on developing automated tools to catch propaganda and material that violates the company’s posting policies.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election and data privacy. VOA

Other initiatives have brought increased transparency about the administrators of pages and purchasers of ads on Facebook. Some critics, including lawmakers and users, still contend that Facebook’s bolstered systems and processes are prone to errors and that only laws will result in better performance. The New York Timessaid Zuckerberg and the company’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, ignored warning signs that the social media company could be “exploited to disrupt elections, broadcast viral propaganda and inspire deadly campaigns of hate around the globe.” And when the warning signs became evident, they “sought to conceal them from public view.”

“We’ve known for some time that @Facebook chose to turn a blind eye to the spread of hate speech and Russian propaganda on its platform,” said Cicilline, who will likely take the reins of the subcommittee on regulatory reform, commercial and antitrust law when the new, Democratic-controlled Congress is seated in January.

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“Now we know that once they knew the truth, top @Facebook executives did everything they could to hide it from the public by using a playbook of suppressing opposition and propagating conspiracy theories,” he said.

“Next January, Congress should get to work enacting new laws to hold concentrated economic power to account, address the corrupting influence of corporate money in our democracy, and restore the rights of Americans,” Cicilline said. (VOA)

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#GonnaTellMyKids Goes Trending on Twitter

A picture of Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui posted by one user with a remark: "Gonna tell my kids that he is a don"

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A picture of a Transformer movie character accompanied a Twitter post: "Gonna tell my kids that he killed Shah Rukh Khan in Ra.One." Pixabay

Twitter users had witty comments to offer as hashtag ‘gonnatellmykids’ trended on the social media platform on Thursday, garnering 1411 tweets.

Users posted pictures of Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal etc to post light-hearted remarks and memes.

One user wrote: “Gonna tell my kids that I used to tweet dumb tweets which rarely got a retweet”.

A user posted a picture of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan posing with a high-end car and remarked” “Gonna tell mahh kids dat he was a best car driver ever.”

One post had throwback pictures of Bollywood actors Chunky Pandey and Govinda along with the comment: “Gonna tell my kids that he was the real TonyStark and SuperMan”.

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Twitter users had witty comments to offer as hashtag ‘gonnatellmykids’ trended on the social media platform on Thursday, garnering 1411 tweets. Pixabay

A picture of a Transformer movie character accompanied a post: “Gonna tell my kids that he killed Shah Rukh Khan in Ra.One.”

A user posted a picture of a crying Salman Khan and remarked: “When you realise that you can’t use the “gonna tell my kids” memes”.

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A picture of Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui posted by one user with a remark: “Gonna tell my kids that he is a don.” (IANS)