US House approves new privacy protections for email and the cloud

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed an email privacy bill.

The U.S. House of Representatives approved on Monday the Email Privacy Act, which would require law enforcement agencies to get court-ordered warrants to search email and other data stored with third parties for longer than six months.

The House approved the bill by voice vote, and it now goes the Senate for consideration.

The Email Privacy Act would update a 31-year-old law called the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). Some privacy advocates and tech companies have pushed Congress to update ECPA since 2011. Lax protections for stored data raise doubts about U.S. cloud services among consumers and enterprises, supporters of the bill say.

Under ECPA, the protections are different for older or more recent data. Law enforcement agencies need warrants to search paper files in a suspect’s home or office and to search electronic files stored on the suspect’s computer or in the cloud for less than 180 days. But files stored for longer have less protection. Police agencies need only a subpoena, not reviewed by a judge, to demand files stored in the cloud or with other third-party providers for longer than 180 days.

That difference in the way the law treats stored data is a “glaring loophole in our privacy protection laws,” said Representative Jared Polis, a Colorado Democrat and co-sponsor of the bill.

The Email Privacy Act will bring U.S. digital privacy laws into the 21st century, said Representative Kevin Yoder, a Kansas Republican and co-sponsor of the bill.

Supporters of the bill argue internet users’ privacy expectations have changed since ECPA passed in 1986. Storage was expensive back then, and only about 10 million people had email accounts, Yoder said. Now internet users are more likely to store sensitive communications with cloud providers and other internet-based companies.

Under former President Barack Obama, the Department of Justice was cool to the idea of changing ECPA. The changes will make it tougher for law enforcement agencies to investigate crimes and terrorism, some critics say.

A similar bill passed the House by a 419-0 vote in April 2016, but the Senate failed to act and the legislation died after a new Congress was elected in November. The new version of the Email Privacy Act, introduced Jan. 9, has already collected 108 cosponsors, about a quarter of the membership of the House.

The bill would not protect internet companies from searches of their overseas servers by U.S. law enforcement agencies. Microsoft and Google have been fighting warrants for user data located outside the U.S.

Before the vote, the Consumer Technology Association urged the House to pass the bill. ECPA which was “written before Congress could imagine U.S. citizens sharing and storing personal information on third-party servers, is woefully out of date,”  Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the CTA, said in a statement.


Windows 10’s Creators Update bug bash begins, signalling an end to new feature releases

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On Friday, Microsoft announced the launch of its “bug bash” for the Windows 10 Creators Update, a sign that it’s beginning to slowly wind down its development process before it finally releases the next major version of Windows.

Historically, Microsoft begins each iteration of its milestone Windows 10 releases by fixing a few last-minute bugs from the previous version. It then begins rolling out and testing all the new features of the upcoming milestone to Windows Insiders in the preview program.

At some point, though, Microsoft moves into the last phase of its development process, fixing all of the bugs that Microsoft employees and its Windows Insider beta testers discover in the imminent release. That phase typically begins with a huge bug-fixing exercise, known as the “bug bash,” whose current iteration will run through Feb. 11. Microsoft uses the information it gathers to determine which bugs are the most serious and prevalent, prioritizing them.

Microsoft hasn’t said when the Creators Update will actually ship; it’s still due in “early 2017.” The blog post announcing the bug bash notes that Microsoft developers will be working on fixing these bugs for the next “several weeks,” however, meaning that our guess that the Creators Update could be released at the end of March is still valid.

Why this matters: Most users know on some level that adding a new software feature introduces new bugs to go along with it. The annual bug bash/bug-fixing phase is critical, however, to help shape the public’s opinion. Not every bug will be found or eliminated before the software’s release. The idea is to at least prevent headline-grabbing glitches such as those that disabled webcams in the Anniversary Update.

How the Windows 10 CU bug bash works

Any motivation to assist Microsoft in its bug bash is primarily a charitable one, with the end goal of simply improving Windows. Nevertheless, Microsoft is offering special Bug Bash badges for the Feedback Hub as prizes for those that participate.

Insiders need to check the Windows 10 Feedback Hub for new “Quests,” tasks that Microsoft would like beta testers to perform to check for bugs. Leaving feedback within the Hub is also encouraged. You’ll need to make sure that you’re running the latest Windows 10 preview, Insider Build 15025, which includes a consolidated feedback mechanism so that similar reports are consolidated into a single response.

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Microsoft will also hold live webcasts with engineers from 2 through 4 P.M. PT on Feb. 7, and from 7 through 9 P.M. on Feb. 7, to walk users through some of the quests. Those quests will change over the course of the week, Microsoft said.

As always, we recommend that Insiders test out Windows 10 on a secondary PC, one that you don’t do anything truly important on. Stumbling across glitches or bugs that can break or force you to reset your PC is part of the Insider experience. Cruising on an Insider machine, though, can also be an awful lot of fun.


Google Photos update tweaks interface to put focus on album, device folders

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If you’re a regular user of Google Photos (and if you’re not, you should be), don’t freak out if things are arranged a little differently when you fire up the app today. A new update rolling out to users brings some interface and layout tweaks, but the most interesting stuff is hidden deep in the code.

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The album view in Google Photos gets a makeover in the new update.

The visual changes are pretty easy to spot. When you head into the Albums tab, you’ll see more of your photos at a glance. Instead of giant images for the albums you’ve created, there’s a new Photos on device section at the top, which collects the pictures or screenshots you’ve taken with your phone. Under that you’ll find any albums you’ve created, also organized in a row of small boxes. The Photo on device page has also been tweaked to show more on a single screen.

But thanks to Android Police’s customary teardown, we have some details on what Google is planning for future updates to Google Photos. The first is a feature called auto-stories, which will be added under the Create new menu. Android Police’s educated guess is that the feature will allow you to add custom parameters to Google’s automatic album creation, letting you determine which sets of photos get chosen, based on “location maps, dates, groups of related photos, hashtags, and whatever other clever bits may be appropriate.”

Additionally, it appears as though Google is looking to implement its Nearby feature into Photos. The current incarnation allows developers to create features based on proximity to a specific place, and we can see it in things like the directories that pop up on our phones when enter a store. Most likely, it would be a easy way to share pictures with the people around us, but the feature could also alert us to picturesque spots or nearby memories that we might have forgotten.

The update should be rolling out to most phones today, but if you’re not seeing it you can sideload the Google-signed APK from APKMirror.

The big picture: Google Photos is one of the best apps on our phone, and it’s great to see Google devoting so much attention to it. While the interface tweaks in the latest update are relatively minor, it shows that Google is constantly rethinking the ways we interact with the pictures on our phone, and making it easier to find, share, and organize them only makes Google Photos greater. But it’s the future features that are most exciting. We’ve long wanted a way to control how Assistant decides which photos are worthy of an automatic album, and it looks like we’ll be able to do that soon


4 ways to block political posts on Facebook

If you thought that deluge of political rants, memes, and arguments in your Facebook feed would end with the 2016 Presidential Election, think again. If anything, the thrum of political debate has only grown louder since the final votes were tallied. Whether you participate in these posts, just seeing them is proven to be wearing and stressful , and can ultimately be a drain on your productivity.

You don’t necessarily have to swear off social media completely to get relief, nor do you have to start a campaign of “unfriending” folks with offending opinions. There are several free browser add-ons that will help you purge your feed of politics—or at least keep it out of sight long enough to get your work done. Here are a few of the best.

Remove All Politics From Facebook

You’ve likely dreamed of a solution that would remove only politics-related posts from your feed, while leaving the funny pet videos and other more enjoyable content. That’s exactly what this Chrome add-on boldly promises to do.

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Remove All Politics From Facebook scrubs your feed clean of post-election prattle.

Remove All Politics From Facebook installs a simple switch in your browser. If you want to hear the unfiltered voice of the American people—at least the ones in your Facebook feed—flick the switch to “on.” If you don’t, toggle it to “off.” The developer doesn’t say how the add-on identifies which posts are political and which aren’t, but my best guess based on usage is that it filters according to keywords and names. There’s no way to customize the filter, but if you want a set-it-and-forget-it solution, this one works. (Chrome)

Social Fixer

Like Remove All Politics From Facebook, Social Fixer also blocks political posts from your feed, but it gives you a little more latitude in how they’re filtered.

Social Fixer adds a wrench icon to Facebook’s toolbar. To customize your feed, click it, select Social Fixer Options and scroll down to Filters. If you just want to impose a sweeping moratorium on all political posts, enable Election/Politics 2016 from the list of predefined filters. This will hide posts about anything related to the recent presidential election.

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Social Fixer uses both predefined and custom filters to block political posts—and a whole lot else.

If you only want to filter posts about a certain political party, issue, or person, click Create a New Filter. Here you can set your own conditions for what to hide using keywords.

Social Fixer can actually filter a variety of posts, including sponsored ads and spoilers, and help you customize your Facebook experience in a number of other ways, so it’s worth keeping around after the political climate calms down. (It’s going to calm down, right?) (Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge, and Safari)

News Feed Eradicator for Facebook (Chrome)

Filters will go a long way toward purging your feed of political articles and their ensuing flame wars. But they can’t block snarky memes, many posters’ preferred way of voicing their opinions. To truly ensure you aren’t distracted by political posts in your feed is to block it altogether.

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News Feed Eradicator for Facebook

News Feed Eradicator for Facebook blocks access to your feed and live ticker only, while still letting you get to individual profiles.

The News Feed Eradicator for Facebook removes your news feed and live ticker altogether. But unlike similar add-ons, it replaces them with an inspirational quote to keep you motivated and productive. You can even add your own. (Chrome)


If all else fails, there’s always, if you’ll pardon the expression, the nuclear option: blocking your access to Facebook completely.

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Add Facebook and other politically charged sites to Leech Block and designate times to restrict access.

LeechBlock bars the door to any site you tell it to. You can add up to six domains—so feel free to toss Twitter, major news sites, and any other political forum into the mix as well—and block them for specific time periods you define—during work hours, for example. By keeping a lid on your feed only when you need to get things done, you’ll reduce your exposure to potentially productivity-sucking posts when it matters most.


New AMD Radeon website counts down to Vega graphics card architecture preview


The wait for more details about Vega, AMD’s forthcoming enthusiast-class Radeon graphics card architecture, will soon be over.

This morning, AMD’s social media channels teased a new website featuring a countdown to a “Vega architecture preview.” The clock runs out at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time on January 5, the opening day of CES 2017.

The graphics cards based on AMD’s cutting-edge 14nm “Polaris” GPU architecture—the Radeon RX 480, RX 470, and RX 460—all focus on mainstream performance, with the priciest 8GB RX 480 models starting at $240. AMD’s only enthusiast-class offerings, the high-bandwidth memory-equipped Fury lineup, simply don’t hang with Nvidia’s powerful GeForce GTX 1080, and can’t even match the value proposition of the GTX 1070 without steep discounts. That leaves Radeon enthusiasts waiting for Vega.

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Vega’s been nothing but a name on AMD’s GPU roadmap since March, with only a brief “HBM2” highlight teased. It sounds like we’re going to learn more hard details sooner. In the meantime, AMD also created a dedicated Radeon Technologies Group Facebook page enticing people to “Join the rebellion.”

The story behind the story: Vega isn’t the only high-end PC hardware we’re likely to see at CES 2017. Late in December, AMD revealed many, many details about Ryzen, the drastically overhauled desktop processors that could be AMD’s best chip family in a decade. Fingers crossed that we’ll hear even more about that, too. With Ryzen launching in the first quarter and Vega sometime in the first half of 2017, CES is shaping up to be a major event for AMD—and PC enthusiasts. Stay tuned to PCWorld for all the info as it happens next week.


Italian government rides to rescue of stricken bank Monte dei Paschi

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The headquarters of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena SpA, the oldest surviving bank in the world and Italy’s third-largest bank.

The Italian government approved a decree on Friday to bail out Monte dei Paschi di Siena after the world’s oldest bank failed to win investor backing for a desperately needed capital increase.

Looking to end a protracted banking crisis that has gummed up the economy, Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said his Cabinet had authorized a 20 billion-euro ($20.9 billion) fund to help lenders in distress – first and foremost Monte dei Paschi.

Within minutes of the late-night Cabinet meeting ending, the country’s third largest lender issued a statement saying it would formally request state aid, opening the way for possibly the biggest Italian bank nationalization in decades.

The government has said its long-awaited salvage operation will work within European Union rules, meaning some Monte dei Paschi bondholders will be forced to accept losses to ensure the taxpayer does not pick up all of the bill.

However, the government and Monte dei Paschi promised protection for around 40,000 retail savers who had bought the bank’s junior debt. Many of the high street investors say they were unaware of the risks when they purchased the paper.

“Today marks an important day for Monte dei Paschi, a day that sees it turn a corner and be able to reassure its depositors,” said Gentiloni, who only took office last week and has made the bank rescue his first priority.

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Monte dei Paschi emerged as the weakest of some 51 European banks subjected to stress tests earlier this year by the European Central Bank. It was given until the end of the year to sort out its problems or face being wound down.

The collapse of Monte dei Paschi would have threatened the savings of thousands of Italians and could have had devastated the wider banking sector, which is saddled with 356 billion euros of bad loans – a third of the euro zone’s total.

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The Siena-based bank has been laid low by ill-judged acquisitions and mismanagement and has the largest proportion of bad debts among Italian lenders compared to its capital.

It had hoped to raise 5 billion euros from private investors, but confirming an earlier Reuters report, the bank said late on Wednesday that it had failed to secure an anchor investor for its offer of new shares.

The government said full details of the rescue plan have yet to be worked out, but it outlined the contours in a statement.

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It said the bank’s Tier 1 bonds, which are mostly held by professional investors, would be converted into shares at 75 percent of their nominal value.

Tier 2 bonds, which are mostly in the hands of retail investors, will be converted instead at 100 percent of their face value. To further insulate small savers from losses, Monte dei Paschi will offer to swap the shares they end up with as a result of the forced conversion with regular bonds and sell the same shares to the state instead.

“The rescue will require a (new) business plan that European authorities will need to approve and that will allow Italy’s third-largest bank to finally return to operate at full throttle to support the economy and with the full confidence of its depositors,” said Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan.

Other banks that may struggle to raise capital in coming months are Banca Popolare Di Vicenza, Veneto Banca and Banca Carige. Italy is also struggling to find a buyer for four small banks rescued from bankruptcy a year ago: Banca Etruria, Banca Marche, CariFerrara and CariChieti.

The measures approved on Friday include both the possibility for the state to inject fresh capital into lenders and to provide a guarantee on their borrowings to ensure they have enough liquidity.

If the government uses all the 20 billion euros it is authorized to spend on the banking sector, it will worsen the country’s already difficult debt position.

Italy’s debt stands at some 133 percent of gross domestic product – second only to Greece in the euro zone. A further 20 billion euros of debt will push the ratio above 134 percent.

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AI beating humans? Not in my lifetime, says Google’s cloud chief

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Diane Greene, senior vice president of Google, speaks at the Code Enterprise conference in San Francisco on November 15, 2016. Credit: Martyn Williams

The head of Google’s cloud business says she doesn’t expect machine intelligence to exceed that of humans during her lifetime, despite recent rapid progress that has surprised many.

Diane Greene, who turns 61 this year, said that while researchers are making strides in programming intelligence into computers, there’s still a long way to go.

“There is a lot that machine learning doesnt do that humans can do really, really well,” she said on Tuesday at the Code Enterprise conference in San Francisco.

Her remarks came hours after Google said Greene’s division had hired two leading machine learning and artificial intelligence experts:Fei-Fei Li, who was director of AI at Stanford University, and Jia Li, who headed up research at Snap, the operator of SnapChat.

“Nobody expected some of the advances we are seeing as quickly as were seeing them,” she said, “but, the singularity i dont see it in my sentient lifetime.”

Greene had been asked to evaluate, on a scale from one to ten, how close the industry was to “the singularity” — the moment, forecast by technologist Ray Kurzweil, when machine intelligence would go beyond that of humans.

Greene never got around to putting a number on the current state of research. But she did acknowledge that some people would lose their jobs as machine learning became more useful.

“I think its really incumbent on us to get the education out there to make sure everyone is digitally literate, because thats where the divide is, and because if youre digitally literate, youre going to have jobs,” she said.

At least for now, there aren’t enough qualified people in the job market for the number of research jobs available, but that situation’s unlikely to last, so Silicon Valley is being asked tough questions about where this push into machine intelligence will take the world.

Greene said the industry was taking the matter seriously but offered only small efforts to solve it, like supplying Chromebooks to schools.

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Streaming-box app comparison: Roku vs. Chromecast vs. Apple TV vs. Fire TV vs. Android TV


App selection should be one of the biggest factors in choosing a streaming media player, because all the fancy features in the world dont mean much if you cant watch the movies, TV shows, and other content that you want.

The good news is that theres relative app parity among the major streaming-media devices, including Apple TV, Amazons Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, the Roku boxes and the Roku Streaming Stick, Googles Chromecast, and Android TV devices such as the Xiaomi Mi Box and Nvidia Shield. If youre just looking to watch Netflix or Hulu, pretty much every device on the market has you covered.

Still, each platform does have its hang-ups, which we reveal in the chart below. Have a look, then keep reading for some takeaways and caveats.

The services that are available on each device

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Okay, now lets answer some questions that I assume will be asked frequently:

Arent there way more apps than this?

I focused mainly on apps that offer full TV episodes and movies, either for free or with a standalone subscription, but its not a complete list. Roku, for instance, has lots of niche apps for oldies,cult classics, and international programming, which I didnt get into. Ive also included music-streaming apps and some popular internet video sources for good measure.

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My Apple TV has hardly any of these apps. What gives?

You must be using an older Apple TV, which does not include an App Store and is no longer receiving updates. This chart only applies to the fourth-generation Apple TV, which launched in October 2015. For a list of apps available on older Apple TVs, check here.

Roku has the most extensive app selection. Why buy anything else?

Beyond just app selection, youre also choosing between ecosystems. The Apple TV, for instance, is your only option for iTunes videos, Apple Music, HomeKit controls, and AirPlay streaming from other Apple devices. Amazon devices have the Alexa voice assistant and a clever interface thats more focused on content than individual apps. Both Chromecast and Android TV devices offer powerful second-screen controls. And Roku itself has some novel features such as private headphone listening through a smartphone, and the Roku Feed for tracking favorite shows and movies.

Doesnt AirPlay on an iPhone or iPad let you watch pretty much any video on Apple TV?

Yes, but AirPlay doesnt really try to replace your remote control like Chromecast does. It wont let you watch other videos on the small screen or play games with sound while TV playback is in progress, for instance, and it requires your phone or tablet to stay connected to the local network. It feels more like a fallback than a complete solution.

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So whyd you even include Chromecast, which is similar to AirPlay?

While Chromecast also requires a phone, tablet, or laptop to operate, it has several features that make it more remote-like. If its plugged into an outlet, Casting a video will automatically turn on your TV and switch to the appropriate input. Many apps let you adjust playback volume through your phone or tablet as well, and you canuse some standard TV remotes to hit pause. And if your device disconnects or runs out of battery, the video keeps on rolling. It also helps that Chromecast costs just $35; thats half the price of the least-expensive Apple TV. Check out ourChromecast FAQfor more details.

You said [Device X] doesnt have [App Y], but now it does! What the heck?

I will try to keep this chart up to date, but the world of streaming video is rapidly-changing, and Im only human. If you see something thats not right, drop a comment on TechHives Facebook page orholler at me on Twitter.

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Zuckerberg says fake news on Facebook didn’t tilt the elections

Zuckerberg says fake news on Facebook didn’t tilt the elections

Facebook’s news feed is facing criticism for allegedly influencing some users in favor of Donald Trump

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at a Samsung event in Barcelona on Feb. 21, 2016. Credit: Facebook
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to recent criticism about his company’s role in the election results, calling it a “crazy idea” that fake news on its news feed had tilted the vote in the U.S. presidential election in favor of Donald Trump.

“Personally I think the idea that fake news on Facebook, which is a very small amount of the content, influenced the election in any way—I think is a pretty crazy idea. Voters make decisions based on their lived experience,” Zuckerberg said in an interview at the Techonomy 2016 conference in Half Moon Bay, California.

Besides Facebook, Twitter was also marked out for its role in influencing voters to back Trump. Twitter said social media was being made a scapegoat for the election result, ignoring the roles that candidates, journalists, and voters play in the democratic process. 

On Thursday, Zuckerberg seemed to be saying that some people were overestimating the role of the fake news, simply because they were taken by surprise by the election results.

“I do think there is a certain profound lack of empathy in asserting that the only reason why someone could have voted the way they did is because they saw some fake news,” Zuckerberg said. “If you believe that, then I don’t think you have internalized the message that Trump supporters are trying to send in this election.”

The role of social media in the elections is likely to be debated for a long time. Recent findings by the Pew Research Center suggest that  20 percent of social media users said they had modified their stance on a social or political issue because of content they saw on social media, while 17 percent said social media helped to change their views about a specific political candidate.

“Still, it is important to note that the majority of social media users are not swayed by what they see in their networks,” wrote Monica Anderson, a Pew research associate.

U.S. President Barack Obama has also weighed in on the role social networks like Facebook can have in elections. “The way campaigns have unfolded, we just start accepting crazy stuff as normal. And people, if they just repeat attacks enough and outright lies over and over again, as long as it’s on Facebook, and people can see it, as long as its on social media, people start believing it. And it creates this dust cloud of nonsense,” Obama said in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the run up to the election.

Facebook promotes democracy by letting candidates communicate directly with people, Zuckerberg said.

Dismissing the view that Facebook creates a ‘filter-bubble’ where people get a reinforcement of their own views by seeing similar content on the social network, Zuckerberg said Facebook research shows that almost everyone has some friends on the other side whether on religious, political or other issues.

“That means that the immediate diversity and diversity of information that you are getting through a social system like Facebook is going to be inherently more diverse” than say twenty years ago when people were limited to a few news stations and newspapers, Zuckerberg said.

The problem at this point isn’t that there isn’t enough content from different points of view, but people just don’t click on it, just tune it out when they see it, Zuckerberg said. “Right now the problem isn’t that diverse information isn’t there…but we haven’t gotten people to engage with it in higher proportions,” he added.


Facebook vows again to fight fake news post election

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At the end of an ugly presidential campaign the likes of which the U.S. has never seen, Facebook has acknowledged it has a lot more work to do in combating fake news on its platform.

The social network is a daily stop for tens of millions of voters and played an important role in shaping and reinforcing people’s opinions. But sometimes, the information being shared was based on biased or outright fake news reports.

BuzzFeed unmasked a group of Macedonians who made up fake news stories about the election and shared them on Facebook to collect ad revenue. Meanwhile, a Twitter user posted ads suggesting that voters in favor of Hillary Clinton could avoid the line by texting their vote.

Both networks dealt with those incidents, but the issues persisted.

Adam Mosseri, the vice president of product management at Facebook, said in a statement published by TechCrunch that the company uses a variety of signals to determine the accuracy of stories shared on the platform. But he also acknowledged that it wasn’t enough.

“Despite these efforts we understand there’s so much more we need to do, and that is why it’s important that we keep improving our ability to detect misinformation,” he said. “We’re committed to continuing to work on this issue and improve the experiences on our platform.”

Twitter, meanwhile, took a different tack. The company said that it supported the expression of multiple viewpoints on its platform, but once again denounced the harassment it has become known for over the past few years. When it came to the outcome of the election, however, the company shirked responsibility in a statement provided to BuzzFeed.

“Scapegoating social media for an election result ignores the vital roles that candidates, journalists, and voters play in the democratic process,” the company said.

It’s unclear to what degree different social networks might have contributed to Tuesday night’s results. But companies like Facebook and Twitter will have a few years to figure that out.