The company did not say what this number would be. Facebook is making the acknowledgement Friday after TechCrunch first reported the tactic. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, who will testify at US congressional hearing next week, has changed tack by communicating directly with the press in interviews, and a group conference call late on Wednesday. The company apologized for not doing so sooner.
Facebook is also facing an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission in what's become its worst privacy crisis in its 14-year history. Starting in the United States, advertisers who wish to run political ads will need to confirm their identity and locations - this will expand to other countries in the months to come.
Facebook is working to strengthen its system ahead of this year's US midterm elections and other elections around the world. Facebook has already required political ads to verify who is paying for them and where the advertiser is located. The requirement for issue ads is new.
Zuckerberg also said Facebook would begin requiring people who want to run ads on the social network addressing political issues to verify their identity and location. The move is meant to clamp down on fake pages and accounts that were used to disrupt the 2016 presidential elections in the U.S.
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Facebook users can opt out of seeing targeted ads, but can't shut off ads altogether.
The spokesperson said protecting data was "at the heart of everything we do" and require the same from people who operate apps on Facebook.
Facebook has revealed more than 300,000 Australians may have had their private data used without their knowledge.
Users seeing these ads will notice a "Political Ad" disclaimer in the top left corner of said ad, with information about who paid for it also included.
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He said that Russian Federation has "the necessary means for that, and the Americans and their allies know that quite well". Russian Federation responded by saying US missiles should target "terrorists", not the "legitimate government" in Syria.
Sheryl Sandberg says Facebook should have conducted an audit after learning that a political consultancy improperly accessed user data almost three years ago.
The social media giant said the steps are created to deter the kind of election meddling and online information warfare that USA authorities have accused Russian Federation of pursuing, the company's chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said.
Other EU privacy regulators also weighed in on the data scandal, with Italian authorities saying on Thursday that they will meet April 24 with Stephen Deadman, Facebook's deputy chief global privacy officer, as part of their investigation into the scandal.
Zuckerberg is scheduled to appear on Tuesday before a joint hearing of two U.S. Senate committees, and on Wednesday before a U.S. House committee.
Israel Faults Soldiers Who Filmed and Cheered Growing of Palestinian
When the Palestinian man is shot, he is standing still in the field, apparently posing no threat to Israeli soldiers. The video comes after mass protests along the Gaza border that began on Friday 30 March.
The response comes after Facebook Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer in a blog post showed country-specific break-up of people affected by the data breach, saying information of up to 87 million people, mostly in the U.S., may have been "improperly" shared with the British political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica.
And earlier on Friday, Facebook said that it would make new retention rules around Messenger messages available to its users in the coming months. European Union data protection regulators from around the 28-nation bloc will also be meeting in Brussels next Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss their investigations, on which the United Kingdom watchdog has taken the lead.
Civil society and rights groups in Myanmar say Facebook has failed to adequately act against online hate speech that incites violence against the country's Muslim minority.
Facebook also doesn't know how Cambridge Analytica and Global Science Research used the data of Indian users because the firms are not its downstream affiliates and may have made independent decisions regarding the data they obtained.
Russian Federation summons Israeli envoy after Syrian airbase attack
At the same time, Israel responded by emphasizing its determination to hinder Iranian military presence in Syria. Iran's Fars news agency has confirmed the deaths of two Iranians.
It says Facebook representatives in Indonesia could face up to 12 years in prison and a fine of $871,000, if convicted.