A withering verdict: MPs report on Zuckerberg, Russia and Cambridge Analytica | Technology | The Guardian

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The DCMS select committee’s far-reaching interim report on its 18-month investigation into fake news and the use of data and “dark ads” in elections offers a wide-ranging, informed and sustained critique that carries with it the full weight of parliament. The verdict is withering: Facebook failed. It “obfuscated”, refused to investigate how its platform was abused by the Russian government until forced by pressure from Senate committees and, in the most damning section, it aided and abetted the incitement of racial hatred in Burma, noting that even the company’s chief technical officer, Mike Schroepfer, called this “awful”. Recommendations include: • “Clear legal liability” for tech companies “to act against harmful and illegal content” with failure to act resulting in criminal proceedings. • Full auditing and scrutiny of tech companies, including their security mechanisms, and full algorithm auditing. Strengthen the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Impose a levy on tech companies operating in the UK to pay for it. The Competition and Markets Authority should investigate fake profiles and advertising fraud. Read All Comments: http://www.comentarismo.com/news/theguardiana-withering-verdict-mps-report-on-zuckerberg-russia-and-cambridge-analytica-technology-the-guardian

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