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Facebook and Google accused of interference in Russian elections

2019-09-11T09:44:34.720Z

The day after the local and regional elections that took place this weekend in Russia, the Federal Communications Service accused Facebook and Google of interference for allowing political ads to circulate on ...


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The day after the local and regional elections that took place this weekend in Russia, the Federal Communications Service accused Facebook and Google of interference for allowing political ads to circulate on their respective web platforms. , during the course of elections.

The country's public supervisory authority for communications and media does not take off. According to press releases posted on its website, it ordered Facebook and Google to stop all political promotion during the election period last Friday. It accuses the giants of the net of not having respected the media silence in force, in order to " hinder the conduct of democratic elections in the Russian Federation " and by order of the American authorities

For now, it is impossible to formally authenticate the source of these illicit election advertisements according to Russian legislation. But were they, however, sponsored by the American authorities? " It's possible, " said Edward Snowden, who became known worldwide in 2013 for revealing the NSA and CIA's mass surveillance systems.

The cold war of the Net surfers

The whistleblower exiled in Moscow said Monday, September 10, in an exclusive interview conducted by France 24, that a " same level of espionage " continued today. However, the operating procedures have been " reviewed and modified, " says Edward Snowden, with the establishment of a " sort of evil pact " between privately-owned US telecommunication companies and US government agencies. " Everyone is aware that Google and Facebook are doing things that are not good and are not only trying to influence our society but our purchasing habits, our way of living in a highly targeted way. It's the technology that made it all possible for the first time, "says Snowden.

Facebook and Google immediately refuted these charges of interference. First Google that recalls that if the company broadcast political ads on its networks, it complies with the electoral laws of the geographical areas of their publication. On the other hand, the firm does not feel responsible for messages written by users outside these territories. Facebook has the same language stating that advertisers, not the company, were responsible for complying with Russian election laws. Since then, Internet users on social networks clash, opposing " the interference of Moscow, during the US presidential " to " the interference of the United States in Russia ." A battle of tweets that may last a long time, probably until next elections.

Source: rfi

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