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Dan Gainor: NY Times columnist admits there’s an anti-Trump Deep State – But claims members are the good guys

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“There is no Deep State!” That’s been the anti-Trump media argument ever since President Trump took office and his administration started leaking like a cheese grater.

Lots of major news organizations made the claim, interviewing supposed insiders – from CNN to The New Yorker and The Nation.

New Yorker Editor David Remnick rationalized the pushback against Trump in 2017: “The problem in Washington is not a Deep State; the problem is a shallow man – an untruthful, vain, vindictive, alarmingly erratic President.”

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Now there’s no attempt at hiding it. In one of the more blatant impeachment stories of the week, New York Times columnist James B. Stewart went on NBC’s “Today” show to tell everyone that Trump is right. Stewart was pushing a new book, “Deep State,” only he sees the Deep Staters as heroes – the same way the rest of his media buddies do.

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Co-host Savannah Guthrie tossed him a softball question, clearly amazed that Trump would call out the government employees who are trying to sabotage his administration.

“And his central allegation is that there are people inside these government agencies actively working against him,” Guthrie said to Stewart. “What did you find?” (Watch the video. Guthrie’s hand movements and inflection are a great example of how journalists manipulate a news story in ways that are hard to tell from transcripts.)

Guthrie got the answer Trump supporters already knew: Trump was right, but Stewart gave his own personal spin so viewers knew the good guys.

“Well, you meet these characters in my book, and the fact is, in a sense, he’s right,” Stewart said, referring to the president. “There is a Deep State, there is a bureaucracy in our country who has pledged to respect the Constitution, respect the rule of law.”

That’s pretty clear, despite Stewart’s attempt at making the Deep Staters seem honorable. “What Trump calls the Deep State in the United States is protecting the American people and protecting the Constitution. It’s a positive thing in this sense,” he added.

Only leftists see a government employee working to overturn the result of a legal election as “positive.”

For those of you following at home, that’s another media narrative destroyed. Bury it next to the Russia collusion hoax.

Of course there’s a Deep State. Americans know this, which is why they should doubt the “whistleblower” who didn’t even have firsthand information.

The biggest proponents of impeachment outside the Deep State are what we should probably call the Shallow Media. Take NBC’s histrionic Political Director Chuck Todd. Recently he was screaming that “A National Nightmare Is Upon Us!” (One other than watching NBC.) Now he’s upset about Americans having “two sets of realities.”

What he was really saying is a bunch of Americans dare to think for themselves and realize that Todd has lost any sense of neutrality.

Only leftists see a government employee working to overturn the result of a legal election as “positive.”

“There is a 40 percent of the country that is only getting fed one reality; arguably, 60 percent are getting what I would argue is reality,” Todd said.

Hubris is a symptom of bad journalism.

The same attitude was evident in a graphic used on-screen during “CNN Newsroom.” It said: “WH Declares War on Impeachment Inquiry & Constitution.” Media bias? At CNN? Never! It’s one thing to declare war on a bogus impeachment. It’s another thing to declare war on the Constitution.

But media outlets were more than willing to go all Schiff-ty and simply make things up.

In a memorable exchange, Trump tweeted how former President Barack Obama had said “he did not have the right to sign DACA” and did it anyway. Within minutes, the crafty folks at PolitiFact rated that “Mostly False.” But five minutes later, Washington Post White House reporter Seung Min Kim pointed out that PolitiFact was, in fact, wrong.

Then there’s one of my favorites: bias by omission. It’s not just the stupid and one-sided comments journalists make, it’s what they leave out.

For example, there’s the media fascination with former Secretary of State Colin Powell whining about “his party.” The problem is, NBC, MSNBC and CNN claimed “his party” was the Republicans, even though he’s endorsed Democrats for president three times in a row. He hasn’t backed a Republican for president since the 2004 election.

Pretty soon, they’ll be calling far-left Democratic presidential contender Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a Republican because she was one until 20 years ago. (Yes, she really was.)

New allegations against Matt Lauer

The Matt Lauer disaster continues to shock even the most cynical media watchers. Investigative reporter Ronan Farrow’s new book “Catch and Kill” includes allegations that the former NBC “Today” host raped another NBC employee in a hotel room during the 2014 Olympics.

Farrow also slammed the network for blocking his investigation into movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. He eventually took his story to The New Yorker. Farrow alleged that Weinstein had tried to blackmail the network to make the story go away, claiming Weinstein “was aware of Lauer’s behavior and capable of revealing it.”

NBC cited the book in a story, saying it had reportedly “reached nondisclosure agreements with at least seven women who alleged harassment or discrimination at the company, including former employees with complaints about former ‘Today’ host Matt Lauer.”

Lauer denied the alleged rape but said he engaged in an “extramarital, but consensual, sexual encounter.”

Facebook defends free speech

Social media companies are caught between a rock and a hard place. They hit the scene as free-speech venues and have gradually restricted speech more and more. Now Facebook has taken a positive step in support of free speech and many in the media don’t like it.

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The Trump campaign created an ad about former Vice President Joe Biden’s involvement in Ukraine. The reaction was swift. CNN refused to run the ad and NBCUniversal (the folks dealing with the Lauer rape allegations) wouldn’t run it either.

Team Biden demanded Facebook take it down as well. But the company refused, arguing it doesn’t fact-check political speech.

The left and media were infuriated. The Washington Post headline showed the media mindset: “CNN won’t run two Trump campaign ads, citing ‘demonstrably false’ claims.” Facebook was supposed to follow CNN’s lead and didn’t.

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Sen. Warren took out an ad showing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shaking hands with Trump and pretending “Facebook just endorsed Donald Trump for re-election.” She admitted it wasn’t true, but remained furious that Facebook wouldn’t play the role of referee so her campaign could try to ban Trump ads.

It might not seem like a big deal, but Facebook is facing constant calls to regulate speech. It’s nice to see the social media giant go all Nancy Reagan and “just say no!”

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Elizabeth Warren intentionally submitted Facebook ad with false claims to expose platform, warn about Trump’s ads

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., attempted to warn people about President Trump’s political ads after showing that Facebook easily accepted false content intentionally submitted by her campaign.

The 2020 hopeful announced Saturday that her campaign submitted an ad that claimed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg endorsed Trump’s re-election.

Facebook quickly approved the ad, showing, according to Warren, that the platform’s new rules had turned the social media giant into a “disinformation-for-profit machine.”

The ad itself eventually discloses that the Zuckerberg endorsement is false and quickly pivots to a warning about Trump. “If Trump lies in a TV ad, most networks will refuse to air it. But Facebook just cashes Trump’s checks,” she said.

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“Facebook holds incredible power to affect elections and our national debate,” she said in another tweet. “They’ve decided to let political figures lie to you—even about Facebook itself—while their executives and their investors get even richer off the ads containing these lies.”

She went on to claim that Trump’s campaign spent $1 million per week on Facebook ads, allegedly including some that wouldn’t air on television because they contained false claims.

“Facebook already helped elect Donald Trump once through negligence. Now, they’ve changed their policy so they can profit from lies to the American people,” she said before linking to a petition calling for Zuckerberg to be held “accountable.”

In a statement provided to Fox News, Facebook defended its stance on not censoring political speech. “Facebook believes political speech should be protected. If Senator Warren wants to say things she knows to be untrue, we believe Facebook should not be in the position of censoring that speech,” a company spokesperson said.

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Facebook also pointed to an FCC guideline requiring neutrality in hosting content.

The guideline reads: “Except as other-wise indicated in § 73.1944, no station licensee is required to permit the use of its facilities by any legally qualified candidate for public office, but if any licensee shall permit any such candidate to use its facilities, it shall afford equal opportunities to all other candidates for that office to use such facilities. Such licensee shall have no power of censorship over the material broadcast by any such candidate.”

The company previously rejected former Vice President Joe Biden’s request to take down a critical ad from the Trump campaign. According to The New York Times, the company defended its decision in a letter to Biden’s campaign.

“Our approach is grounded in Facebook’s fundamental belief in free expression, respect for the democratic process, and the belief that, in mature democracies with a free press, political speech is already arguably the most scrutinized speech there is,”  wrote Katie Harbath, the company’s head of global elections policy.

Warren’s stunt came as Facebook faced criticism from conservatives and progressives alike. Conservatives have long railed against social media platforms for apparently showing greater scrutiny over their content and unnecessarily censoring certain information.

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Progressives, like Warren, have warned that Facebook could easily be leveraged to help Republicans win re-election. A long-running argument by Democrats is that Russia used Facebook to help Trump win the 2016 election.

Warren, in particular, has taken aim at the social media giant, vowing to break up the company and combat its allegedly anti-competitive practices.

Steve Guest, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, blasted the Democrat’s ad as a “political stunt” and said it “won’t distract from Warren’s primary goal: giving government the control of your health care and hiking everyone’s taxes to pay for it.”

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‘Black US voters’ main target of Russia’s 2016 disinformation campaign, Senate report concludes

The Russian social media campaign against the United States targeted no single group more than African-Americans, a new federal report has concluded.

The report from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s probe into the 2016 election comes as social media companies attempt to prevent further disinformation and disruption of  American democracy.

Moscow’s efforts — led by the Internet Research Agency (IRA) — were sophisticated and multifaceted, targeting the black community and sowing division across a range of platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Google-owned YouTube and Instagram. The shadowy effort aimed to support the Trump campaign, denigrate opponent Hillary Clinton, suppress the vote and attack various public figures.

According to the report, more than 66 percent of Facebook advertisements posted by the IRA contained a term related to race.

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Russia’s campaign during the 2016 election was far-reaching, according to a new report.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Posts with titles like “Our Votes Don’t Matter,” “Don’t Vote for Hillary Clinton” and “A Vote for Jill Stein is Not a Wasted Vote” were specifically aimed at black voters, the report says.

Oxford’s Computational Research Project, which is cited in the Senate report, captured a number of images of posts from that time.

Some of the posts deliberately did not contain certain racial slurs, to avoid being flagged by content moderators, while others mimicked existing social justice movements in America in order to sow division among different ethnic and racial groups.

Facebook claims to have doubled the number of people working on safety and security, and met with federal officials recently on election security matters.

“We have stepped up our efforts to build strong defenses on multiple fronts. … We have also invested in technology and people to block and remove fake accounts; find and remove coordinated manipulation campaigns; and bring unprecedented transparency to political advertising.” Facebook said in a statement to BBC News.

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PayPal withdraws from group backing Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency

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PayPal is pulling out of a group of companies assembled by Facebook to launch its new cryptocurrency payments network.

The company has decided to “forgo further participation” in the Libra Association a spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal on Friday.

The news comes just days after the Journal reported that other financial partners who agreed to work with Facebook on the project are having second thoughts.

“Each organization that started this journey will have to make its own assessment of risks and rewards of being committed to seeing through the change that Libra promises,” Dante Disparte, head of policy and communications for the Libra Association, said in an email to the Journal.

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Disparte added that 1,500 entities have said they are interested in participating in libra.

The cryptocurrency project has faced a chorus of bipartisan criticism since it was announced in June.

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell told Congress that Libra raises “serious concerns,” and House Democrats sent a letter to the tech giant in July asking it to halt Libra’s development until a proper regulatory framework could be implemented.

Facebook has said it won’t move forward with the project unless it has full government approval and oversight.

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“The time between now and launch is designed to be an open process and subject to regulatory oversight and review,” Facebook VP and Head of Calibra David Marcus said in his prepared remarks for a Senate Banking Committee hearing this summer. “And I want to be clear: Facebook will not offer the Libra digital currency until we have fully addressed regulatory concerns and received appropriate approvals.”

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Facebook can be forced to remove content worldwide, EU court says

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s highest court ruled Thursday that individual member countries can force Facebook to remove what they regard as unlawful material from the social network all over the world – a decision experts say could hinder free speech online and put a heavy burden on tech companies.

The European Court of Justice ruling, which cannot be appealed, is seen as a defeat for Facebook and other online platforms and widens the divide over how heavily Europe and the U.S. seek to regulate technology giants.

It would increase the onus on them to monitor what appears online.

“It really unleashes a whole new gamut of risk and worries for Facebook in the EU,” said Wedbush Securities managing director Daniel Ives.

Ruling in the case of an Austrian politician who objected to what she regarded as a libelous news story, the European court said Internet companies can be forced to take action worldwide to remove objectionable material when ordered to do so by a court in an EU country.

Facebook already removes or otherwise restricts photos and other posts in any given country if the material violates that nation’s laws, such as anti-government comments in countries where that is illegal . But the new ruling means Facebook would have to make such material inaccessible globally.

Facebook charged that the decision “undermines the longstanding principle that one country does not have the right to impose its laws on speech on another country.”

While lawmakers in the U.S. are considering tighter regulation of Facebook and other tech giants, lawmakers in Europe have gone much further on a variety of fronts, including passing stricter data privacy laws in 2018.

“This shows a sharpening divide between the way the E.U. is handling privacy and data content versus the U.S.,” Wedbush’ Ives said. “It poses broader risks for the likes of Google and other big tech companies as the ‘Brussels versus tech’ battle continues to take hold.”

Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek, former chairwoman of Austria’s Green Party, had sued Facebook in her home nation to remove a news story that she considered libelous and insulting and could be viewed globally. An Austrian court ruled in her favor. The country’s top court then asked the EU to weigh in.

The same EU court ruled last month that the European Union’s “right to be forgotten” rules _ which allow people to ask search engines to remove outdated or embossing links about themselves, even if they are true _ do not apply outside the 28-nation bloc.

Thursday’s ruling is likely to encourage internet platforms more widely to step up their efforts to monitor user content.

Activists at the European Digital Rights organization said that instead of hiring more “content moderators,” companies like Facebook might have to rely on automatic filters. And those, they warned, might be unable to distinguish between legal and illegal content.

The Computer & Communications Industry Association, a lobbying group that includes Amazon, Facebook and Google, said the ruling could infringe on the right to free speech.

“The ruling essentially allows one country or region to decide what Internet users around the world can say and what information they can access,” said CCIA Europe senior manager Victoria de Posson.

“What might be considered defamatory comments about someone in one country will likely be considered constitutional free speech in another. Few hosting platforms, especially startups, will have the resources to implement elaborate monitoring systems.”

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Warren uses Zuckerberg audio in Instagram video, says the ‘rich and powerful’ fear her

Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren took her critique of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg one step further — in a post on Instagram, which his company owns.

The minute-long video opens with a brief audio clip — recently leaked to The Verge — of Zuckerberg saying, “If she gets elected president, then you go to the mat and you fight.” The tech mogul said Facebook would sue the federal government if Warren wins in 2020 and tries to break up his company.

“The Rich and Powerful Are Afraid of Elizabeth Warren” flashes across the screen during the Instagram video, followed by a montage of clips from cable news channels including Fox News Channel, CNBC and Fox Business Network, showing hosts and guests opining that Wall Street and corporate America won’t enjoy a Warren administration.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. (Getty Images)

The Massachusetts senator, a Democrat, has proposed that Big Tech firms like Facebook, Amazon and Google be broken up over antitrust concerns. Facebook, which is currently the subject of at least three different probes of its business practices — by the Justice Department, a group of state attorneys general and the House of Representatives — was forced to pay the Federal Trade Commission a record-breaking $5 billion fine over privacy violations earlier this year.

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“Well, it would be a sub-optimal situation for the banks,” says one guest in the clip.

“The pharmaceutical industry would also similarly say, ‘Watch out,'” another guest warns.

“I think Elizabeth Warren is the dangerous one,” claims a different guest.

“Are you telling me that the billionaires are not in favor of my being president of the United States?” Warren asks at the close of the clip. “I’m shocked!”

After Zuckerberg’s audio leaked, Warren doubled down on her plans to break up Big Tech in a series of posts on Twitter.

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Live Action slams Facebook after investigation finds fact-check of abortion claim was ‘fair and accurate’

Pro-life group Live Action slammed Facebook’s fact-checking system after an investigation into fact-checker Science Feedback found its conclusions fair and accurate.

“Facebook has a serious problem – instead of allowing the free exchange of ideas and debate, it has made itself the ultimate authority over what ideas can and cannot be shared on the platform,” Live Action President and founder Lila Rose said in a statement. “Facebook disallowed the professional, medical judgment of thousands of OB-GYNs when it banned our speech.”

Last month, Live Action was told by Facebook that its fact-checkers had marked two videos containing the statement “abortion is never medically necessary” as false. The tech giant also said that Live Action, its links and Rose’s page would have reduced distribution and other restrictions for repeatedly sharing false news.

One video, titled “The Pro-Life Reply to ‘Abortion Can Be Medically Necessary,’” featured neonatologist Dr. Kendra Kolb. The second video, titled “Abortion is NEVER Medically Necessary,” featured a speech given by Rose. Live Action and Rose’s Facebook page reach more than 3 million followers combined.

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Facebook was blasted by Live Action over a controversial fact-check that took place last month. (Getty Images)

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Facebook removed the strikes against Live Action two weeks ago while the fact-checking organization, known as Science Feedback, conducted an internal review of what took place.

“Science Feedback’s conclusion appears sound and fair, based on the best evidence. Their fact-check is an accurate attempt to inform readers on the veracity of a claim and strictly adheres to their scientific fact-checking methodology,” Sarphan Uzunoglu, an assistant professor of multimedia journalism at Lebanese American University who hasn’t taken advocacy positions on abortion, said in a statement published by Poynter Institute, a prominent journalism organization.

Uzunoglu examined the process by which the claim was selected for review and did the same for the most recent 10 fact-checks done by Science Feedback. Based on his work, and Science Feedback’s explanation of the editorial processes involved in published the fact-check, the International Fact-Checking Network came to the following conclusions:

“The findings of Science Feedback’s fact-check were based on publicly available scientific evidence and as not the result of any bias. The claim that “abortion is never medically necessary” is false and inaccurate. The process used by Science Feedback to select the original claim to review was sound and not the result of any systemic bias, and a review of the 10 last fact-checks indicates no systemic bias in the selection of claims to check. The failure to declare to their readers that two individuals who assisted Science Feedback, not in writing the fact-check but in reviewing the evidence, had positions within advocacy organizations, and the failure to clarify their role to readers, fell short of the standards required of IFCN signatories. This has been communicated to Science Feedback.”

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Rose is demanding that Facebook reform its fact-checking process immediately.

“Today’s ruling only confirms that the justification for banning our views is a corrupt ‘fact-checking’ system masquerading as independent when really it is the enemy of fairness and free speech,” Rose said.

In a meeting with Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, a Republican, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apparently said his company’s handling of the entire controversy was “clearly biased.”

Fox News reached out to Facebook for comment.

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Fox News’ James Rogers and Judson Berger contributed to this report.

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Live Action slams Facebook after investigation finds fact-check of abortion claim was ‘fair and accurate’

Pro-life group Live Action slammed Facebook’s fact-checking system after an investigation into fact-checker Science Feedback found its conclusions fair and accurate.

“Facebook has a serious problem – instead of allowing the free exchange of ideas and debate, it has made itself the ultimate authority over what ideas can and cannot be shared on the platform,” Live Action President and founder Lila Rose said in a statement. “Facebook disallowed the professional, medical judgment of thousands of OB-GYNs when it banned our speech.”

Last month, Live Action was told by Facebook that its fact-checkers had marked two videos containing the statement “abortion is never medically necessary” as false. The tech giant also said that Live Action, its links and Rose’s page would have reduced distribution and other restrictions for repeatedly sharing false news.

One video, titled “The Pro-Life Reply to ‘Abortion Can Be Medically Necessary,’” featured neonatologist Dr. Kendra Kolb. The second video, titled “Abortion is NEVER Medically Necessary,” featured a speech given by Rose. Live Action and Rose’s Facebook page reach more than 3 million followers combined.

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Facebook was blasted by Live Action over a controversial fact-check that took place last month. (Getty Images)

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Facebook removed the strikes against Live Action two weeks ago while the fact-checking organization, known as Science Feedback, conducted an internal review of what took place.

“Science Feedback’s conclusion appears sound and fair, based on the best evidence. Their fact-check is an accurate attempt to inform readers on the veracity of a claim and strictly adheres to their scientific fact-checking methodology,” Sarphan Uzunoglu, an assistant professor of multimedia journalism at Lebanese American University who hasn’t taken advocacy positions on abortion, said in a statement published by Poynter Institute, a prominent journalism organization.

Uzunoglu examined the process by which the claim was selected for review and did the same for the most recent 10 fact-checks done by Science Feedback. Based on his work, and Science Feedback’s explanation of the editorial processes involved in published the fact-check, the International Fact-Checking Network came to the following conclusions:

“The findings of Science Feedback’s fact-check were based on publicly available scientific evidence and as not the result of any bias. The claim that “abortion is never medically necessary” is false and inaccurate. The process used by Science Feedback to select the original claim to review was sound and not the result of any systemic bias, and a review of the 10 last fact-checks indicates no systemic bias in the selection of claims to check. The failure to declare to their readers that two individuals who assisted Science Feedback, not in writing the fact-check but in reviewing the evidence, had positions within advocacy organizations, and the failure to clarify their role to readers, fell short of the standards required of IFCN signatories. This has been communicated to Science Feedback.”

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Rose is demanding that Facebook reform its fact-checking process immediately.

“Today’s ruling only confirms that the justification for banning our views is a corrupt ‘fact-checking’ system masquerading as independent when really it is the enemy of fairness and free speech,” Rose said.

In a meeting with Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, a Republican, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apparently said his company’s handling of the entire controversy was “clearly biased.”

Fox News reached out to Facebook for comment.

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Fox News’ James Rogers and Judson Berger contributed to this report.

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Is Facebook getting rid of ‘Likes’?

Facebook, a massive and lucrative platform built on constant engagement, is now going to start hiding likes.

But don’t fret, it’s only for users in Australia so far.

The test, which began today and was confirmed by TechCrunch, will hide the total number of likes on a post and only show that a post was liked by “[a friend] and others.” The limited experiment is meant to see if the change will improve users’ well-being, and it’s possible the test could be rolled out in other regions if deemed a success.

“We are running a limited test where like, reaction, and video view counts are made private across Facebook. We will gather feedback to understand whether this change will improve people’s experiences,” a Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch.

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Earlier this year, Instagram, which is also owned by Facebook, began hiding likes in Japan, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland after a successful test that began in Canada.

Similar to the company’s flagship app, the initiative was an effort to promote a positive well-being among users while still keeping them engaged on the network.

Facebook, which is facing four separate investigations into its business practices, did roll out some tools to let users monitor their time on the platform.

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Facebook suspends tens of thousands of data-scraping apps following its Cambridge Analytica investigation

Facebook has suspended tens of thousands of apps that have in some way mishandled user data, as the company faces a range of U.S. investigations and potential regulatory actions.

The suspensions dramatically outnumber the hundreds of apps the embattled tech giant said it had taken action against previously after the Cambridge Analytica scandal prompted outrage from users, digital rights advocates and lawmakers over privacy practices.

The tech giant’s investigation of all apps with access to “large amounts of information” began in March 2018, and the suspended apps are associated with about 400 developers.

“This is not necessarily an indication that these apps were posing a threat to people. Many were not live, but were still in their testing phase when we suspended them,” the company said in a Friday blog post.

“It is not unusual for developers to have multiple test apps that never get rolled out. And in many cases, the developers did not respond to our request for information so we suspended them, honoring our commitment to take action.”

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in D.C. this week for meetings on technology regulations and social media issues. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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The company also said it has taken legal action in some instances.

Earlier this year, Facebook filed a lawsuit in California against Rankwave, a South Korean data analytics company that would not cooperate with the company’s investigation. And it filed an action against two other companies, LionMobi and JediMobi, that used their apps to infect users’ cellphones with malware in a sort of profit-generating scheme.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., told The Washington Post: “This wasn’t some accident. Facebook put up a neon sign that said, ‘Free Private Data,’ and let app developers have their fill of Americans’ personal info. The FTC needs to hold Mark Zuckerberg personally responsible.”

“And now, barely 24 hrs after insisting to my face that Facebook takes personal privacy more seriously than anything else, FB reveals potentially massive data breaches,” said Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, a Republican, on Twitter.

Facebook is facing pressure on several fronts.

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The social network’s new Federal Trade Commission (FTC) agreement requires developers to annually certify compliance with the company’s policies or face consequences.

During CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s round of Capitol Hill meetings over the last two days, he’s been asked whether he intends to sell off Instagram and WhatsApp over antitrust concerns (he does not), and he’s admitted that the company’s handling of a recent controversy about abortion reflected bias.

The ubiquitous social platform is also facing an antitrust probe led by state attorneys general — in addition to a separate FTC inquiry.

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