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Facebook knows it needs to stop bad stuff before it happens

You've no doubt seen the headlines. "Shouldn't We?" asked the New York Times.

The comments mark the latest effort by the social networking giant to publicly come to terms with its roll in the Russian government's alleged meddling in the 2016 election. The company has long emphasized that its network reflected society as a whole; this year, its optimism dimmed somewhat following the network's apparent misuse by Russian operatives, who ran Facebook ads that amplified social and political messages to sway voters' opinions.

Facebook's VP of messaging products, David Marcus, admitted that at least some of the 470 Facebook accounts identified in an internal Facebook investigation used the messaging service, Marcus said during Wall Street Journal's Live conference in Laguna Beach, California on Wednesday.

Marcus also said that the users who were potentially working on behalf of Russian Federation could have faced restrictions in messaging people. "The impact that Facebook has in the world - we don't talk about it anymore". Marcus, like other Facebook executives, argued that the work done by Facebook around the world was being wrongly "overshadowed" by the Russian Federation "narrative". "The way that the platform was used is still being investigated right now on the Messenger side of things, but traditionally if you're a page, for instance, you can not message people".

He says that going forward, "we're going to hire thousands of people to review ads and review all activities around notable elections around the world".



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