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FTC, Senate Committee join voices asking Facebook for answers

It is tempting to want to blame someone other than voters for populist voting outcomes such as Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as the US President. Opponents of those outcomes want to see a sinister hand at work to explain away the simple fact that the majority of voters want change. Now, on the back of the revelations that Facebook has had some of its user data compromised there are hysterical calls, mostly from media companies but also from regulators such as the US Federal Trade Commission, calling for heads. Or at least an explanation. This week Tom Pahl, Acting Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, issued a statement in which he said, ““The…

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