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Facebook's Sandberg: Company Not Waiting for Congress to Act

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By    |   Wednesday, 12 June 2019 02:38 PM

As scrutiny grows on Capitol Hill about Facebook's privacy practices, the social media giant's COO Sheryl Sandberg, in an interview airing Wednesday, said the company has called for regulation and is not waiting around for Congress to take action.

"We think there is a lot of work to do to protect elections, we think there is a lot to do to protect privacy, to make sure the right content is on Facebook," Sandberg told CNN's Sanjay Gupta in an interview airing on "New Day." "We believe we have a deep responsibility, a lot we need to do to do better and get it right."

In many areas, she added, Facebook has moved ahead to ensure it implements certain features, as it is "hoping the right regulation will happen, but we have a responsibility to act even before that."

The company is in the process of setting up an independent board that will allow the site's users to refer objectionable content, "and that judgment is going to stick, even above our own judgment."

Sandberg answered the privacy questions while being interviewed by Gupta over Facebook's new blood donation feature, which allows users to find places to donate blood and to be notified when a nearby blood center is in need.

The feature will initially roll out in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Baltimore, and Washington, but will eventually go nationwide.

Facebook (FB) has similar donation tools in India, Pakistan, Brazil, and Bangladesh, and more than 35 million people have signed up to be blood donors, she noted.

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As scrutiny grows on Capitol Hill about Facebook's privacy practices, the social media giant's COO Sheryl Sandberg, in an interview airing Wednesday, said the company has called for regulation and is not waiting around for Congress to take action.
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