The British Parliament has threatened sanctions social networks Facebook and Twitter. This was stated by the head of the Committee for culture, media and sport Damien Collins, reports The Guardian.
Sanctions will be applied if the management companies did not provide before January 18, the Parliament data about the RF interference by using social networks in a referendum on British exit from the European Union.
In October, the Committee sent the Collins companies the corresponding request, however, according to the parliamentarian, the reaction of social networks was inadequate.
Collins added that it is necessary to examine the methods by which social networks and find identificeret sources of misinformation, including when they are in other countries.
The Committee asked Facebook for information on ads purchased by Russian accounts, how many have paid for ads or to promote themselves accounts.
22 September 2017 the founder of Facebook mark Zuckerberg said that the company will give to Congress information about the purchase of advertising accounts associated with Russia. It is about 3 thousand ads.
According to Facebook, the ads probably ran the Russian Agency Internet research. RBC wrote that it is «legal mask» of the Russian «Troll factory».
Twitter has announced that it has 201 blocked account in the investigation of the interference of Russia in the U.S. presidential election. It turned out that of the 450 provided by Facebook to verify accounts, 22 were related to the Twitter accounts. However, no account was not registered at Twitter as an advertising. The company noted that it will continue investigating this issue.
A referendum on British exit from the EU was held on 23 June 2016. According to the results, 51.9% of Britons voted for the country’s withdrawal from the community of 48.1% – wanted to remain in the EU.
The British Parliament threatened Facebook and Twitter with sanctions 29.12.2017