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Instagram chief insists it doesn’t spy on users

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Instagram doesn’t snoop on private conversations as part of its advertising targeting strategy, the head of the popular social media site said in an interview Tuesday.

“We don’t look at your messages, we don’t listen in on your microphone; doing so would be super problematic for a lot of different reasons,” Instagram chief Adam Mosseri said in an interview with CBS.

“But I recognize you’re not going to really believe me.”

During the interview, Mosseri acknowledged that he is grilled regularly by Instagram users who insist they receive ads from restaurants, stores and other companies after only conducting a private conversation about an item and not posting to the broader site.

Like its parent company Facebook, Instagram — a social media site for posting photographs — offers a private messaging system, as well as a platform to post items to followers.

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The issue of user privacy has been one of the many controversies dogging Facebook in the wake of revelations that defunct political consultancy Cambridge Analytica used private data from tens of millions of Facebook users for political targeting.

Mosseri said there were two ways that users may have this experience, “dumb luck” and if users are talking about a consumer good more generally.

“You saw a restaurant on Facebook or Instagram and you really like the thing. It’s top of mind, maybe it’s subconscious and then it bubbles up later,” Mosseri said. “I think this kind of thing happens often in a way that’s really subtle.”

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Mosseri was also probed on the company’s policy on videos of famous people that are altered and can go viral.

Recent cases include one of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that was slowed down to make her appear drunk or impaired, and a “deepfake” video of Mark Zuckerberg altered to show the Facebook chief bragging about controlling billions of people’s “stolen” personal data.

Mosseri said Instagram is working on a policy for deepfakes.

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“We are not going to make a one-off decision to take a piece of video down just because it’s of Mark and Mark happens to run this place,” he said. “That would be really inappropriate and irresponsible.”

He said any policy would be based on “defined principles” and would be “transparent.”

The first order of business is to locate doctored content more quickly, he said.

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“Once we can do that, then we can have the next debate about whether or not to take it down when we find it,” Mosseri said.


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Rep. Omar calls out Trump’s ‘complete hypocrisy’ for saying America isn’t ‘great’

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At the press conference for the four Democratic congresswomen President Donald Trump told to 'go back where they came from,' Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) hit upon one of the most galling aspects of the situation: Trump is attacking them, on a fundamental level, for one of the very things he promised voters he would do as president.

"Every single statement that we make is from a place of extreme love for every single person in this country," said Omar, who was accompanied by Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA). "It is part of the mandate of why we ran for office and why we got elected."

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Fox News host: Dem congresswomen targeted by Trump’s racism held presser just to ‘pout’

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Fox News hosts at "The Five" responded to the press conference by four Congresswomen of color with outright sexism.

"Donald Trump won that press conference. Nancy and 'The Squad' lost. It looks like they want to victimize themselves even further," said host Jesse Waters, saying "We will not be silenced."

"I don’t think that’s the way to go against President Trump. You have to meet them on the same level," Waters continued, though he didn't explain what that meant. "They are continuing to play the victim and pout and now they want to impeach him for tweeting. They are saying he’s a white nationalist and he’s committing human rights violations and deporting all these people."

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‘This is his plan to pit us against each other — to continue to enrich his friend’: Ilhan Omar demands Trump’s impeachment

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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) ripped President Donald Trump on Monday for his "blatantly racist" attacks on the four young women of color known as "The Squad."

Omar made her remarks in a press conference with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).

"This country was founded on the radical idea that we are created equal and endowed by our creator with inalienable rights. And, yes, we have a long way before we fully live up to those values. It is for this reason precisely that we have to take action when a president is openly violating the oath he took to the Constitution of the United States and the core values we aspire to," Omar said.

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