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Facebook Removes Several Ads Placed by US Senator, Restores Later

The ads directed users to a petition on Warren's campaign website urging them "to support our plan to break up these big tech companies."

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Facebook removed several ads placed by US Senator and Democratic candidate for President Elizabeth Warren on its platform that called for breaking up tech giants like Amazon, Google and Facebook.

According to a report in Politico news on Monday, Facebook later said it has restored the ads that it had taken down.

“We removed the ads because they violated our policies against use of our corporate logo. In the interest of allowing robust debate, we are restoring the ads,” a Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying.

Warren tweeted after Facebook removed the ads.

“Curious why I think FB has too much power? Let’s start with their ability to shut down a debate over whether FB has too much power.

“Thanks for restoring my posts. But I want a social media marketplace that isn’t dominated by a single censor,” she tweeted.

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FILE – The Facebook app icon is shown on an iPhone in New York. VOA

The ads announced her plans to unwind “anti-competitive” tech mergers, including Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp and Instagram.

“Three companies have vast power over our economy and our democracy. Facebook, Amazon, and Google,” read Warren’s ads.

Stressing that tech giants have too much influence over our lives, Massachusetts Senator Warren also said she wanted Apple to surrender control over the iOS App Store or cease selling its own apps within it.

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The ads directed users to a petition on Warren’s campaign website urging them “to support our plan to break up these big tech companies.”

The Democratic Senator, who recently launched her 2020 presidential bid, is in favour of passing laws that prevent large e-commerce platforms with a global annual revenue of $25 billion or more, from owning both the platform and any sellers on it.

“This would not be the first time in US history that this kind of arrangement had to be broken up,” Warren stressed, comparing the tech majors to the railroad barons who dominated the US commerce during the 19th and early 20th centuries. (IANS)

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Social Networking Giant Facebook Suspends Several Apps Post-Cambridge Analytica Probe

Facebook has also removed a number of application programming interfaces (APIs), the channels that developers use to access various types of data

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FILE - In this April 30, 2019, file photo, Facebook stickers are laid out on a table at F8, Facebook's developer conference in San Jose, Calif. The Boston-based renewable energy developer Longroad Energy announced in May that Facebook is building a… VOA

Facebook has suspended thousands of apps associated with nearly 400 developers for a variety of reasons, as it continues to investigate suspicious apps after the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

The social networking giant said that it is not yet confirmed these apps were posing a threat to people.

“Many were not live but were still in their testing phase when we suspended them. It is not unusual for developers to have multiple test apps that never get rolled out.

“In many cases, the developers did not respond to our request for information so we suspended them, honouring our commitment to take action,” Facebook said in a blog post on Friday.

Facebook began its “App Developer Investigation” in March 2018 as part of its response to the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

The company aimed to review all of the apps that had access to large amounts of information before it changed its platform policies in 2014.

“Our App Developer Investigation is by no means finished. But there is meaningful progress to report so far. To date, this investigation has addressed millions of apps,” Facebook said.

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The social media application, Facebook is displayed on Apple’s App Store, July 30, 2019. VOA

In a few cases, Facebook has banned some apps completely.

“That can happen for any number of reasons including inappropriately sharing data obtained from us, making data publicly available without protecting people’s identity or something else that was in clear violation of our policies,” the company said.

In May, Facebook filed a lawsuit in California against Rankwave, a South Korean data analytics company that failed to cooperate with its investigation.

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“We’ve also taken legal action against developers in other contexts. For example, we filed an action against LionMobi and JediMobi, two companies that used their apps to infect users’ phones with malware in a profit-generating scheme,” it added.

Facebook has also removed a number of application programming interfaces (APIs), the channels that developers use to access various types of data.

“We have clarified that we can suspend or revoke a developer’s access to any API that it has not used in the past 90 days. And we will not allow apps on Facebook that request a disproportionate amount of information from users relative to the value they provide,” the company said. (IANS)