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Number of active Facebook users increased despite scandals

27 April 2018

The social platform's founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged the scrutiny the company was now under.

With the #DeleteFacebook movement trending for quite some time and the scandals Facebook is being associated with gaining steam at the end of the first quarter, the company's growth rate may have been affected.

Tory MP Julian Knight was particularly critical of Facebook's involvement with Cambridge Analytica.

But there was no evidence of Cambridge Analytica managing referendum-related ads or pages, Schroepfer said, or spending money on the campaigns.

Nevertheless, its grimly amusing to see how despite the massive data use scandal and other minor eyebrow-raising data privacy reports, Facebook still has a heck of a lot appeal.

I am sorry that journalists feel that we are trying to prevent them from getting the truth out, he said.

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Schroepfer said the reason for the omission was because they "thought the matter was resolved". Indeed, it will require political ads to be clearly labelled as such.

Facebook today said that it would be extending a raft of measures to allow its users to identify the source of political adverts that appear in their feed to Britain next year.

Facebook has also been involved in a different scandal relating to the alleged Russian meddling into the 2016 United States elections.

The committee is conducting an inquiry into fake news and is also examining the use of personal data in political campaigning following the Cambridge Analytica storm.

"It hurts when we make mistakes".

Facebook rejected the claim that a data breach had happened, saying users knowingly provided their information.

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"We did not read all of the terms and conditions", Schroepfer admitted.

Usually, when a company gets in the news for the wrong reasons, it shows in its share value - badly. Kogan, when asked by BuzzFeed News about viewing the NDA, said he'd need to consult his lawyers first.

On a conference call, Mark said that the company is investing "heavily" on safety and security, including workers with language skills for detecting hate speech, and tools for verifying government IDs ahead of elections in the USA and overseas by the end of the year. Royal Bank of Canada boosted their target price on Facebook to $250.00 and gave the company an "outperform" rating in a research report on Thursday, February 1st. In an interview, he noted that Chancellor had made Facebook aware about GSR when he was hired.

Throughout the session, Schroepfer also defended Zuckerberg's decision not to fly to London and address the MPs before the committee himself, insisting the CEO was busy "in the office" fixing the problems raised by the recent scandals.

Facebook previously suggested a vice president of the company testify before the European Parliament but this suggestion was shot down by the assembly.

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Number of active Facebook users increased despite scandals