This is how under-fire Facebook is bolstering its battle against fake news

By Bree Tracey, Fox News

Facebook, which has come under fire for the proliferation of fake news on its platform, is ramping up its efforts against misinformation.

Facebook’s ability to police content on its platform is under intense scrutiny after the Cambridge Analytica data sharing scandal and U.S. probes into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The company’s controls over data collection are also in the spotlight after it recently confirmed that Mail.Ru, a Russian tech company which is reported to have Kremlin links, was among a number of companies granted an extension to collect data on app users’ friends beyond a May 2015 cut-off date.

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Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, this week criticized the social network’s ability to safeguard user data. “In the last 6 months we’ve learned that Facebook had few controls in place to control the collection and use of user data by third parties. Now we learn that the largest technology company in Russia, whose executives boast close ties to Vladimir Putin, had potentially hundreds of apps integrated with Facebook, collecting user data. 

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