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Facebook Messenger admits that Russian agents used app to influence US election
13:05, 19 October 2017
Facebook Messenger admits that Russian agents used app to influence US election

The company clarifies the way they used the app

13:05, 19 October 2017

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Head of Facebook Messenger David Markus claimed that ‘the Russian agents’ could use the app to influence the US election in 2016. He claimed this to The Wall Street Journal

‘People can text each other through the messenger and this is the aim of it. 3 billion people registered on the platform and you can text any of them’, Markus claimed.

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He added that they investigate the way they used the app.

‘We investigate the certain way of the usage of this platform. We cooperate with the Congress on this issue and the investigation is held actively. We will clarify what happened and will make sure that we can improve the system to prevent the similar cases in the future’, he noted.

Related: Russia could interfere with Bundestag elections, - German intelligence

Head of Facebook Messenger expressed the hope that the Facebook founders have the clear plan to prevent the incidents.

‘We are going to hire thousands of people and we already hired thousands of people to look through the advertisements and announcements, to monitor all activity around the election in the world’, Markus claimed.  

Related: Facebook to give U.S. data on Russian interference with elections, - Zuckerberg

Founder and head of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg refuted accusations of U.S. President Donald Trump, who said earlier that the social network is pursuing a hostile policy towards him. This was reported by the BBC.

According to him, the greatest role Facebook played in the 2016 election was different from what most are saying. More people had a voice in this election than ever before. There were billions of interactions discussing the issues that may have never happened offline. Every topic was discussed, not just what the media covered. Every candidate had a Facebook page to communicate directly with tens of millions of followers every day. Campaigns spent hundreds of millions advertising online to get their messages out even further.  We ran "get out the vote" efforts that helped as many as 2 million people register to vote. To put that in perspective, that's bigger than the get out the vote efforts of the Trump and Clinton campaigns put together. That's a big deal,” Zuckerberg noted.

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