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November 7, 2018

IN THE NEWS: FACEBOOK BLOCKS ACCOUNTS BEFORE MIDTERM ELECTIONS

UNDATED (AP) — Facebook cast its own vote before the midterms — and in doing so, it got rid of 115 accounts for what it describes as “coordinated inauthentic behavior” linked to foreign groups trying to interfere in yesterday’s elections. The social media company shut down 30 Facebook accounts and 85 Instagram accounts and is now investigating them in more detail. Facebook says it acted after being tipped off Sunday by U.S. law enforcement officials. The site says it was alerted to online activity believed to have been linked to foreign entities. U.S. tech companies have stepped up their work against disinformation campaigns like the kind used by Russian groups to sway public opinion before the 2016 presidential election.

IN THE NEWS: BRITIAN - PERSONAL DATA

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s data commissioner is calling for tougher rules over the use of personal data by political campaigns around the world. Elizabeth Denham says recent investigations have shown a disturbing disregard for voters and their privacy. Speaking to the U.K. Parliament’s media committee, Denham updated lawmakers on the investigation into the use of data analysis by political campaigns. That probe has already resulted in Facebook being slapped with a maximum fine for data misuse. Denham said legal systems had failed to keep up with the rapid development of the internet, and that tech companies need to be subject to greater oversight.

ON THE WEB: FACEBOOK - MYANMAR

CYBERSPACE (AP) — Facebook is acknowledging that it didn’t do enough to prevent its services from being used to incite violence and spread hate in Myanmar. In a blog post Monday, a Facebook executive says the company could have done more in the past — and will do more going forward. Facebook has gotten heavy criticism for permitting itself to be used to inflame ethnic and religious conflict in the country, particularly against minority Rohingya Muslims.

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