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Social media execs say user privacy a priority

3 years 11 months 1 week ago Wednesday, September 05 2018 Sep 5, 2018 September 05, 2018 10:07 AM September 05, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Facebook and Twitter executives say they agree with Congress that strengthening privacy protections for their users is a "national security priority."

Critics have charged that the companies' business models, which are built on offering a free service and making money from advertising targeted using personal data, can conflict with efforts to oppose those who would abuse their systems.

The Senate intelligence committee is holding a hearing on social media and elections. Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden says personal data is now the "weapon of choice" of political influence campaigns.

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