Obama gave Facebook's Zuckerberg a 'wake-up call' on fake news following election: report
President Barack Obama gave Facebook Inc. (FB) Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg "a wake-up call" last November over Russia's use of social media to meddle in the U.S. election, according to a Washington Post report (https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/obama-tried-to-give-zuckerberg-a-wake-up-call-over-fake-news-on-facebook/2017/09/24/15d19b12-ddac-4ad5-ac6e-ef909e1c1284_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_facebookzuck-825pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.10d96bb8c250) Sunday. On Nov. 19, nine days after Zuckerberg called the idea that Facebook ads played a key role in the election "crazy," Obama told Zuckerberg of the damage political disinformation had played, and warned his company needed to do more to address the threat. While Zuckerberg reportedly downplayed Facebook's impact in his talk with Obama, last week Zuckerberg announced broad changes in how Facebook deals with political ads, and turned over 3,000 Russia-linked ads to congressional investigators. "I don't want anyone to use our tools to undermine democracy," Zuckerberg said in a video (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/facebook-to-crack-down-on-election-ads-turn-3000-over-to-congressional-investigators-2017-09-21).
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