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DCMS objects to Facebook responses

  • Author:Ella Cai
  • Release on:2018-07-30
The DCMS ( Digital, Culture, Media and Sport ministry) published a report yesterday saying that Facebook was disingenuous in answers to questions from a parliamentary committee ‘to the point of obstruction’.

The DCMS report was investigating the use of Facebook to interfere in elections and to publish fake news  and Is  looking at whether social media requires more regulation.

“Time and again, Facebook chose to avoid answering our written and oral questions,” said the report, “there has been a continual reluctance on the part of Facebook to conduct its own research on whether its organization has been used by Russia to influence others.

The report pointed to “a disconnect between the government’s expressed concerns about foreign interference in elections, and tech companies’ intractability in recognizing the issue.”

“Social media companies cannot hide behind the claim of being merely a ‘platform,’ ” says the report, “that is not the case; they continually change what is and is not seen on their sites, based on algorithms and human intervention.”

The government is expected to publish a framework for regulation later in the year.