Hillary Clinton accused Facebook of spreading fake news

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Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has accused Facebook of spreading fake news, adding that she will make the online social media and networking service to “own up” to its role in this regard.

Clinton said in an interview with MSNBC on Friday that Facebook had published thousands of political ads over the past two years that were linked to fake accounts based in Russia.

“We may have our disagreements among Americans, we’re not going to let the Russians come in and divide us. And so we’re going to make Facebook own up to everything. They’ve just begun to own up. They have a long way to go before they get to where they need to be, in my opinion,” she said.

“Other tech companies, we’re going to go after these provocateurs, these Russians posing as Americans, these content farms in Macedonia, these thousand trolls, these tens of thousands of bots, because you know what, we have every right to have a rigorous debate in America, but we don’t want it being interfered with and suborned by Putin and his allies,” Clinton continued.

Last week, Facebook announced that it found that 470 inauthentic accounts spent about $100,000 to buy some 3,000 ads during the 2016 US presidential campaign. However, the majority of the ads were largely promoting social issues, like immigration and gun control. They did not target Clinton or Trump.