The most popular social media platform online and across the globe, Facebook is planning to hire many employees with the national security clearance licenses of the United States.
According to the latest reports online, the social media networking giant aims to eliminate both “foreign meddling” and “fake news” in the US elections.
As detailed from RT news from the Bloomberg report, if the plan pursues and the social media giant worked with the US Intelligence agencies, it would mean its millions of active users might permit the authorities to gain access to their personal information without needing any permission.
The agencies can view the information of the millions of accounts directly.
This would mean that the US Intel department can access the information or data they need even without asking consent to the account holders or consumers. This however might not be a good idea because it out rights the American government censorship when using the Internet, particularly those who are active members of Facebook.
“Workers with such [national security] clearances can access information classified by the US government. Facebook plans to use these people – and their ability to receive government information about potential threats – in the company’s attempt to search more proactively for questionable social media campaigns ahead of elections,” as detailed on the report of Bloomberg.
Last September, there are online reports that the giant social media network approached the Federal Election Commission about a waiver in the 2011 political advertising disclosure rules. The Democrats and Republicans backed the submitted request that time. Unfortunately, this good relationship built was broken when the Congressional and national leadership committees provided help to Facebook to get an exemption, as detailed through cnbc.com.
This issue broke the good connection dramatically and became enemies.
In the 2016 US presidential elections, the Congress showed aggressive opposition about sponsored advertisements from other countries and fake news published through the giant social media network site. They believe that these kinds of disappointing activities truly influenced the results of the past election in the United States.
Many think that the campaign of the 2016 US Presidential Election got affected by the spreading of the fake news and foreign-based advertisements. This same issue affected the giant search engine Google likewise before, but both companies now are becoming more popular and productive in their marketing campaigns over the Internet.
Based on the recorded data as reported online also, Facebook is worth almost $487 billion and Google is about $659 billion worth.
Going back to the latest issue affecting the social media giant, a representative from the company did not provide any comment about it. On the other hand, the latest report appeared to have good credibility because it involved the anti-Russia panicking situation.
The RT news likewise revealed that since US President Donald Trump took his post as the leader of White House, there had been several issues about Russia and its possible role in the recent election. The suspicion is because of the Russian hackers whom they believe are responsible in publishing fake news online and controlling the US Presidential election last year. Some experts think that this is the reason why Hillary Clinton did not win against Trump in 2016.
This particular issue somehow pressured the Congress to investigate on Facebook because of its huge role in the social media network online. However, the giant social media platform stated that its objective is to provide information only to special counsel and not about engaging to unlawful activities online.
Despite the unwanted issues affecting the company, it continues to show willingness to take down those people who are responsible in spreading fake news and hacking websites.