UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Facebook said it was taking measures to “minimize potential damage” to the social networking site during Israel’s upcoming elections, the group’s second official, Cheryl Sandberg, said during a visit to the Jewish state.
While Israel called on its voters to vote on September 17, the group’s statement quoted Sandberg as stressing the social network’s intention to “invest in security as the (legislative) elections in Israel approach.”
Facebook wants to minimize “potential damage” by “working with other organizations to validate news and set new standards for advertising transparency,” the group said.
The comments came as Bloomberg Financial News announced Tuesday that Facebook has paid hundreds of customers to copy clips of voice chats to some users. The group did not say what it did after the recordings, according to Bloomberg.
In a statement to Bloomberg, Facebook admitted that it had actually copied recordings with the consent of the owners, and confirmed that it had ended these operations.
Of all the Internet giants, Facebook is particularly under pressure because it did not monitor during the 2016 presidential election campaign to manipulate US voters.
The case of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which was revealed in 2018 about the exploitation of Facebook users’ data without their knowledge for political purposes, damaged the network’s reputation.
At the end of July, Facebook paid a record $ 5 billion fine to US authorities for misusing private data for its followers.
During her visit to Tel Aviv to attend the launch of a new Playgroup Facebook platform, Sandberg described Israel as “the nation of startups that comes after Silicon Valley (the center of innovation and technical advancement in the United States) and has the largest density of startups in the world.” .
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