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Facebook - facing the facts

The social media giant has continually dodged responsibility for its business practices. A British parliamentary probe shows why it needs to be reined in.

Any doubts that the business practices of online social media and social networking companies such as Facebook require new and very stringent legal regulations were put to rest in a report just issued by a committee of the British Parliament.

The report documents in scathing, angry terms not only how Facebook's business practices have "intentionally and knowingly" compromised users' privacy in pursuit of financial gain, but also how the company's platform is being used by certain hostile governments or their agents to undermine the political order, stability and safe conduct of elections in countries around the world.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 25, 2019, with the headline 'Facebook - facing the facts'. Print Edition | Subscribe