Saturday, 17 November 2018

UK lawmakers slam FB’s evasive answers

LONDON: The head of the UK Parliament’s media committee slammed Facebook on Friday for what it described as evasive behavior in answering questions on fake news.

Committee chair Damian Collins said that Facebook’s claims that it was unable to distinguish between political and non-political advertising is “difficult to believe.” He cited several examples of where Facebook’s responses were “found wanting,” including their refusal to share how many resources they were devoting to security.

“In these responses, Facebook continue to display a pattern of evasive behavior – a pattern which has emerged over the course of our inquiry,” he said. “The company appears to prefer minimal over rigorous scrutiny.”

Facebook did not respond directly to any of Collins charges of being evasive, but pointed out that it had appeared before Collins’ committee in the past.

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