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Facebook’s Sandberg cites need to do more after reports of Russia meddling

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Facebook Inc’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said on Tuesday the company needs to step up its efforts to curb misinformation.

Sandberg said this after research revealed that Russia-backed organizations targeted African-Americans.

The groups targeted were those who favored Hillary Clinton in order to suppress voter turnout during the 2016 election.

U.S. intelligence agencies had earlier concluded that Russia interfered in the election to help U.S. President Donald Trump by undermining Democratic candidate Clinton.

“Two independent reports commissioned by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence were  released Monday on the Russian Internet Research Agency’s (IRA) use of technology around the 2016 election .

The reports suggest that the IRA’s efforts had a disproportionate impact on communities of color,” Sandberg said in a blog post here.

“We know that we need to do more: to listen, look deeper and take action to respect fundamental rights,” Sandberg said.

 

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