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Facebok says it didn't help Russia sway Brexit referendum

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Published on June 24, 2019 - Duration: 01:33s

Facebok says it didn't help Russia sway Brexit referendum

Facebook head of global affairs, Nick Clegg - the former UK deputy prime minister - says it's wrong to suggest that the networking site was a vehicle for Russian efforts to sway Britain's 2016 Brexit referendum.

Julian Satterthwaite reports.

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Facebok says it didn't help Russia sway Brexit referendum

(SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD OF GLOBAL AFFAIRS AT FACEBOOK AND BRITAIN'S FORMER DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER, NICK CLEGG, SAYING: "I think it is absolutely right that companies like Facebook acknowledge the mistakes that they have made and of course mistakes have been have been made." But those mistakes did not extend to helping Russia sway Britain's Brexit referendum.

So says Facebook's head of global affairs, Nick Clegg, who also happens to be Britain's former deputy prime minister.

Clegg took to UK airwaves Monday (June 24) to deny charges the social networking site had been used by Russia: (SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD OF GLOBAL AFFAIRS AT FACEBOOK AND BRITAIN'S FORMER DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER, NICK CLEGG, SAYING: "We ran two full analysis of all the data we have in the run up to the Brexit referendum, following exactly the same methodology off as we did after the FBI notified Facebook of outside interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

We've shared these - all of this information with the select committee in Westminster and elsewhere.

We have found no evidence of a significant attempt by outside forces." Opponents of Brexit have repeatedly asked whether the Kremlin played a role in Brexit.

They claim it paid to promote stories on Facebook about contentious issues like immigration.

Britain says it hasn't found any evidence to support that, and Moscow denies trying, but Facebook has been under suspicion ever since data on millions of its users was obtained by Cambridge Analytica.

The consultancy was hired by Donald Trump to work in his 2016 presidential campaign.

Now Clegg says there is no evidence that UK voters' data was included in the haul.

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