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By Newsgram Staff Writer

What started off as a casual venture in a small hostel room has now moved to a 4,30,000 sq ft complex in California. Social networking site Facebook shifted to the sprawling space recently that has been designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry.

The new Facebook building, called MPK 20, boasts of sweeping murals and art installations, along with a nine-acre roof garden.

Fifteen local artists, including famous sculpture-maker Evan Shively, have already contributed to MPK 20 and more are to follow. The roof, about 70 feet up, offers a winding walk through nine acres of complete greenery.

According to architect Gehry, “Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wanted a space that was unassuming, matter-of-fact and cost effective.” Gehry added, “He did not want it overly designed.”

The interior is one giant space – a kind of space that can be used for creative exchange.

“It reinforces our open and transparent culture,” John Tenanes, Facebook Vice President of global real estate, was quoted as saying.

Though it stands on the other side of an expressway, the new building is meant as an extension of the company’s current headquarters.

Whether it is just working in the Number 1 social media company or spending the day at a magnificently breathtaking garden, the 2,800 Facebook employees have yet another reason to hit the “Like” button.

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Anonymous Ads on Facebook Influenced 10 Million British Voters

Facebook faced flak for not doing enough to prevent spread of misinformation by Russia-linked accounts during the 2016 US presidential election

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This photo shows the logo for Facebook on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square. VOA

An anonymous political campaign on Facebook has reached nearly 10 million voters, asking them via advertisements to oppose British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, the media reported on Saturday.

According to The Guardian, it was discovered by the digital campaign group 89up, which shared the details with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) panel into fake news.

“In adverts micro-targeted to individual constituencies, voters are exhorted to tell your local MP to bin Chequers,” said the report.

“This advertising is designed to specifically influence MPs,” 89up said.

All that is known about the campaign is what can be found on its website, Twitter and Facebook accounts.

“Going by the name Mainstream Network, the group writes and publishes news stories on its website with an almost exclusively pro-Brexit slant, shared on its social media accounts,” the report added.

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Anonymous Facebook ads urged nearly 10 mn British voters to oppose Brexit. IANS

“Over the last couple of weeks, I received a flood of about 50 emails – some quite abusive – urging me to ‘chuck Chequers’ and vote for out-and-out Brexit,” Labour MP Paul Farrelly was quoted as saying

The news comes at a time when Facebook is reeling under a couple of massive data breaches including the Cambridge Analytica scandal that impacted 87 million users earlier this year.

Facebook says it has set a goal of bringing a transparency feature for political ads — now available in the US and Brazil — to the UK and India by March 2019.

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With the new ad architecture in place, people would be able to see who paid for a particular political ad.

Facebook has also set up a War Room to reduce the spread of potentially harmful content.

Facebook faced flak for not doing enough to prevent spread of misinformation by Russia-linked accounts during the 2016 US presidential election. (IANS)