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Facebook blocks researcher from viewing Russian ads to help US Congress

Facebook confirmed it fixed the flaw in CrowdTangle that allowed Albright to see information from inactive Facebook pages

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Facebook blocks researcher from viewing Russian ads to help US Congress

Keeping up with its promise to help the to probe misinformation spread on its platform via during the US presidential poll, has blocked a researcher from viewing the ads on its social media site.

A report in The Washington Post late on Thursday said that the researcher had looked at the information to study the reach of ads associated with an alleged Kremlin-backed campaign and was still combing through posts when the social networking giant deleted them from the public record.

"Analyst Jonathan Albright had downloaded posts from six of the pages before learning information from all 470 accounts was no longer publicly available," the report said.

According to Albright, said the information was not meant to be public and the company considered it a "bug" that he was able to find and download the data through the Facebook-owned social media analysis tool

confirmed it fixed the flaw in that allowed Albright to see information from inactive pages, CNet reported.

The flaw had exposed the content that was already deleted from pages.

"Across all our platforms we have privacy commitments to make inactive content, that is no longer available, inaccessible," a representative was quoted as saying.

On Wednesday, the leaders announced to make some of the 3,000 public that appeared on during the 2016 US presidential election.

The decision was taken after leaders met Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg late on Wednesday.

First Published: Fri, October 13 2017. 15:16 IST
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