Obama personally warned Mark Zuckerberg over fake news on Facebook

Former President Barack Obama warned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the danger of fake news on his company's platform before the 2016 election. 

The Washington Post says that just two months before President Trump's inauguration, Obama pulled the billionaire aside and told him he needed to crack down on fake news because it was only going to get worse in the next election. 

However, Zuckerberg disagreed, telling the former president that fake news wasn't a major issue on Facebook.

But now his tone has changed after the company revealed it had sold around 3,000 political ads to Russia-based groups during the 2016 election. 

The company has given the ads to special counsel Robert Mueller and representatives for the company have been asked to appear in court about the ad sales. 

However, Buzzfeed says there is a bigger problem, writing that, while Zuckerberg may have control of the broader operations of the company, the artificial intelligence the company is now using appears “to have more power to shape lives than the people who designed and maintain them."

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Putting the Trump-Russia timeline into perspective
June 7: The 2016 primary season essentially concludes, with both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as the presumptive party nominees
June 9: Donald Trump Jr. — along with Jared Kushner and former campaign chair Paul Manafort — meets with Kremlin-connected lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
June 9: Trump tweets about Clinton's missing 33,000 emails
July 18: Washington Post reports, on the first day of the GOP convention, that the Trump campaign changed the Republican platform to ensure that it didn't call for giving weapons to Ukraine to fight Russian and rebel forces
July 21: GOP convention concludes with Trump giving his speech accepting the Republican nomination
July 22: WikiLeaks releases stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee
July 25: Democratic convention begins
July 27: In final news conference of his 2016 campaign, Trump asks Russia: "If you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing"
August 4: Obama CIA Director John Brennan confronts his Russian counterpart about Russia's interference. "[I] told him if you go down this road, it's going to have serious consequences, not only for the bilateral relationship, but for our ability to work with Russia on any issue, because it is an assault on our democracy," Brennan said on "Meet the Press" yesterday.
October 4: WikiLeaks' Julian Assange says his organization will publish emails related to the 2016 campaign
October 7: WikiLeaks begins releasing Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta's emails
October 7: Department of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence release a statement directly saying that Russia is interfering in the 2016 election
October 31: "This WikiLeaks is like a treasure trove," Trump says on the campaign trail
November 4: "Boy, I love reading those WikiLeaks," Trump says from Ohio.

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