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scandal surrounding facebook and personal data being improperly shared with the political consultancy firms deepens big time tonight it's just been revealed as many as eighty seven million accounts have been affected now in the breach following it up to the date of the big news the u.k. foreign office deleted a tweet claiming british experts have found the nerve agent used in this crippled poisoning case was produced in what. you said in that story to the e.u. earlier today rejected russia's proposal for a joint investigation into the attack on the former spy and his daughter claiming that moscow refused to cooperate with london. and. russia turkey and iran agree on a joint effort to rebuild syria put a warning to you about militants attempts to maybe sabotage the peace process with
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chemical attacks. by their love for moscow this is artie's news of the level with me kevin warm welcome to you first of facebook very much back in the news tonight in a breaking story it's transpired that personal data from as many as eighty seven million facebook accounts could have been breached by the research firm cambridge analytic that's a whopping thirty seven million more uses than previously thought with more on this says go to new york maupin's their real shocker this one coming through it's been admitted by facebook i think but it would take take us through it. well at first we heard the number was only fifty million but now we know that it's much higher eighty seven million users whose data was harvested without permission and
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harvested by this cambridge analytic this this research company cambridge analytic was essentially using the data of these facebook users it was using it to create and do research for political campaigns consult with political campaigns help political parties around the world to develop their campaigns and figure out how to appropriately target the right audience now this the story was broken in mid march by the new york times and its quality quite a stir now the social media giant they at this point they're not saying that they had any malicious intent and that this scandal and it's really tarnished facebook's reputation now we have heard from mark zuckerberg the chief of facebook and he actually apologized for the fact that so many users the majority of which were in the united states so many users had their data harvested by this political firm without permission this is mark zuckerberg we need to make sure that there aren't
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any other cambridge general because out there right or folks who have been properly access data you know we need to make sure that we don't make that mistake ever again. now at this point facebook is changing the way information can be accessed in securing that certain apps the event app for example a won't be as accessible to those that they are cooperating with to share information so quite an interesting development of thirst first we heard only fifty million now as many as eighty seven million users of facebook may have actually had their data compromised and shared with this political firm now we've seen recently there's been a trend on social media a call to delete facebook on a campaign of different figures and different people rallying around the call to delete facebook so we'll see how this all develops but at the moment mark zuckerberg is apologetic about all of this and the reputation of facebook as a social media app has been significantly rather significantly tarnished well yeah
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caleb initially took his time to even talk about there's an old in the things the cross and the we get from is well let's get some in. the tech world and the president and point technologies associates judaism over the show a good evening you surprised by this of a big jump up according to facebook first we're talking about what fifty million no eighty seven million innocent uses information put what do you think about. well what's thirty million users among friends you know really i mean it's just you know it's a different number i think more importantly it's turner's ten horses out of the bar i mean even though they may close the door and allow for other depredation those individuals and their records their information objects all the things about them the things they lie where they live all those things their own laws they're now glued to them indulge me for the rest of eternity and you know maybe cambridge analytic at its disposal but maybe not but once you have it the digital bits
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represent anything you can replicate it perfectly without any flaws and you can make as many copies you like for free so it's understood it once data gets out it's gone now you know what does that mean for facebook well you know they have to change their policies but frankly facebook as a platform has a lot more stickiness then you might imagine i mean it's two billion people their initial lot for a lot of people the only way they stay in touch with their friends and family and i've heard people discussing whether they're legal or not and some people say they will put a little good reasons and other people are saying they will because boring now that they've changed it but actually a lot of people are saying look where else can i talk to my grandchildren and that actually is pretty well i'm not sure that they're totally down i mean this is certainly a blow but took a while for and this is about to speak about this is the split or e bay on the same has been brewing for a long time isn't it. facebook's promising to reduce personal data being shared now
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with third party apps is a bit too little too late if it like that apology. you know i mean the metaphor to come to mind are entirely probable but. you know my my thought is that it sort of shuttling stand against the time. in the sense that yes you can make some minor restrictions on things but you know if you look at the data problem individuals are . their own digital twin and as long as you have any information on them you know in a minute phase and whatever else you go on the digital object and these things form and they pour aggressively like crystals they never unformed so once you've got it out there i mean all of us are out there in some way or the other we have certain prints are associated with us and how it gets vacuumed up and who uses it well you know that's a problem for the digital age frankly mark zuckerberg was relatively careless at least about the way you set up his business he didn't really think too hard about you aren't seeing something like this wouldn't happen or he would have built it
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this way to prevent that in the first place and that's not what really happened their business in fact was selling data and therefore it was easy for them to have rules that allowed them to do that and to be a little careless about how some of their customers in the data set so the atonement continued to much like a book no cities were to testify before congress i would have thirty more revelations are going to come out now and then well i know about now and then but i think that if you rush will hear it should be pretty interesting when it's. really on the hot seat and having to explain exactly how he got where he is today. and. it sort of makes you smile slightly considering all the allegations going on about meddling with russia eccentrics cetera now that saves macon so many headlines of the moment all this data breach within facebook came from within is the irony isn't it. well right i mean it's sort of one rule that yes you can say you know where your lines are you know so. that subject certainly roger thanks you time roger kay
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president end point to knowledge is associate thanks. elsewhere there was a case of you see it now you know on twitter as the british foreign office is deleted a tweet saying experts and british confirmed the nerve agent used in the script for poisoning case was produced in russia it's a move that's not gone unnoticed by others online with some seeing it as a damage limitation exercise now as honest as syria churkin a part of our team in the u.k. reports from westminster the foreign office has deleted a tweet that it had initially posted on march twenty second which read that analysis by world leading experts of the laboratory at porton down made clear that this was a military grade novacek nerve agent produced in russia now a couple of days before that boris johnson the u.k. foreign secretary also said that there is no doubt that russia was behind what happened you argue there they're sure of. the chalk in russia
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how did you manage to find it out so quickly but when i look at the the evidence from the people from from porton down they were absolutely categorical and i asked the guy myself i said are you sure and he said there's no doubt well it seems that all of that was going well until yesterday when the chief executive of porton down came out and said that not only were the scientists not able to prove that the nerve agent came from russia but generally speaking they didn't know what the source was we have not verified pfieffer say source but we provided the scientific information to the government but you have not been able to establish at porton down that this was made in russia as i said it's our job to provide you know the scientific evidence that identifies for the. take you and their future is but it's not our job to see where actually was manufactured so typically your not tell you to look cool down to say where it is from we haven't
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yet been able to do that at the same time the foreign office is saying everything is still the way it was and nothing is inconsistent well if i said to see that on social media things are not so clear to anybody who's been following this and there have been quite a few tweets posted here in the u.k. calling for the resignation of boris johnson we also know that the labor party has challenged the u.k. foreign secretary to explain himself in the situation regarding what's going on there as the stocks and we are rushing production. is the government going to accuse russia. poisoning of surrogates creepshow is not an isolated case but the latest in a pack of reckless behavior by the russian state the russians the russians russia russia russia russia russia i'm afraid the evidence is overwhelming that it is
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russia and boris johnson has serious questions to which you claimed on german television that this was a russian produced. porton down there examined it and said all extended to fight was just not true we couldn't say where it came from well now it remains to be seen whether or not boris johnson is going to be answering any of those questions given the vigorous nurse with which accusations against russia have flown very early on in this case pretty much as soon as the name of the man poisoned her paul came out into the spotlight. some has been active on twitter but he set out to accuse the labor party leader gerry coburn of siding with russia instead as he put it of supporting the u.k. like the twenty eight countries that expelled russian diplomats other nations though have questioned the u.k.'s measures against moscow over the scruple case notably austria opting to remain neutral but claiming it was pressured to follow suit when the situation gets tough you have to keep channels open the u.k.
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ambassador to austria issued a demarche on wednesday in order to encourage us to take specific measures on saturday to demolish was repeated on monday while i was in kosovo the chancellor and i spoke over the phone about our position which is now public it's our tradition to bring people together especially in difficult situations british journalist and broadcaster john gaunt spoke to me earlier on he said he's surprised by the u.k.'s actions. i never thought i'd be living in a country where we delete checks from the foreign office and the foreign secretary boris johnson either exaggerates if we're being polite or laurie's not just to russia as such but lies to the u.k. population we were told we were led to believe that paul and down would definitely back up again what centuries has been said she was a bit more careful with the words but boris johnson in that german interview said
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he'd been told categorically this was the case so it was not a joke and it came from russia there's no other way of interpreting that and i thought the moment that hit the fan they would start damage limitation and that is what they're doing that's what the attacks on core been about now as well you know people are me i'm certainly a russian surely i'm certainly in the pocket of the kremlin for daring to say as a british citizen i just want the truth the evidence russia's proposal at wednesday's o p c w meeting failed to get the required votes needed to be adopted british and some european politicians moved to block the joint investigation with accusations still standing before against moscow our europe correspondent peter all of it was in the hague to. and the day started with russia's permanent representative alexander should again putting forward russia's proposal which was for what he called a communal way inclusive. investigation involving all members of the the o.p.c.
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w now that was dismissed by the by the executive council it was voted down by by fifteen to six with seventeen abstentions however russia's representative he was speaking to us just behind me now at the embassy here in the hague he said it's also the emotion didn't go through it did show that more people didn't support it then were actually in favor of it. unfortunately we didn't manage to get the needed two thirds of votes for the resolution to pass obviously the brits and americans voted against and then nato and some e.u. member states and u.s. allies followed suit but twenty three countries have refused one way or another to take this western viewpoint much more than half of the executive council was viewed very differently by boris johnson the british foreign secretary he referred to the motion put forward by russia or is being ludicrous and said that it was defeated
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because of that he said that this was being put forward as an attempt to divert attention away from an investigation that was actually focusing on russia this was also backed up by a very strong message from the european union as well the representative from the nation saying that russia has provided basic information to the united kingdom that it should have been saying that. in fact there was a concern that showed russia not accept the findings of a p c w report that perhaps they could pull out of the chemical weapons watchdog altogether however the words coming from the. the russian poet representative also the ambassador here in the netherlands was that perhaps some of these nations don't want russia or involved in a. because of what may be found there you know. they fear the troops they fear to take responsibility for their words the plates and accusations
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for provocative statements from the head of u.k. diplomacy it looks like they're scared that the investigation will help to dot the i's and cross the t's and find out what really happened it's a fear it's a bear responsibility for slander it's been a very long day here in the hague but it's being very short when it comes to answers to some of the questions that we were perhaps hoping to move forward on here. many of remain up in the air and open questions as to just who was behind the poisoning. and who will be taking part in the investigation and how that will permit out you know other lines to this to the u.k. statement the o.p.c. did believe me to contend a number of arguments to back its case against russia some more controversial than others going by the reaction britain for instance brought up a chemical instant in syria which took place a year ago to the day and led to u.s.
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president donald trump taking military action against syria the u.k.'s former ambassador to syria to fold things that shows the u.k. is really struggling to find strong evidence to blame russia. the british authorities jumped to the conclusion that they wanted to see a theory that on a pretext and then invented the evidence to justify that. was circumstantial evidence that russia might have been involved and the british government quickly built up on this but when you look at the statement today the only additional evidence is speculation it underlined the fact that the british argument weak. and therefore it was a diversionary tactic to bring up the earth and if earth story the allegations concerning contrail corn. in fact the. mission
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weakness on the part of the british delegation if they were convinced of the case solsbury they should have concentrated on on that exclusively the u.k. statement here designed precisely to muddy the waters and tooth near. russia. a number of russian diplomats to give their reaction to the latest developments in this crippled case covering that ego is down off a correspondent. there's a good share of irony in the u.k.'s latest accusations against russia well you know that russia is refusing to share any information on this cripple case with the u.k. because from the looks of it it seems that now london is a shameless lee boring lines for a most closed book of concerns for weeks russia has been calling on london to disclose at least some information on their investigation into this cripple case
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and has been criticizing london for their blatant refusal to do so so now it seems london is turning more schools argument against itself so really russia's reaction russia's response to this has been hardly a surprise alba writes if people and you can assure that russia denied the information on the case was not willing to discuss the question and denied any possibility of cooperation this is one hundred percent. well this is far from the only thing with heard from the russian diplomats the foreign ministry has said that basically london is interested in sort of fanning the flames around the whole investigation around the whole assassination attempt a not interested in an actual and transparent investigation itself we've also heard from the foreign ministry that now with all the with the berridge of accusations flying the russia way all trust towards the u.k.
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in this situation in this scandal has been lost and amid this hail of mutual jabs between russia and the u.k. here in most school we've heard from the chief of the always see thomas graham he's he's delivering the making a speech at a conference on international security he said that basically the corporation between russia and the u. is vital for european security and i managed to get a few minutes of his time and what i was really interested in is whether or not he believes the whole situ. ration around the scruple case hampers the said corporation and he told me that he believes that it is not rights when one side doesn't hear the other i'm truly worried about. these bristling. relations between east best. day it seems to. hold
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a daily basis and that is. of concern i think to all security politicians we need to revert to dialogue we need to sit at the same time table we need to. try to understand development but more empathy towards the security perceptions of each other i think that is listening trying to understand that's very important if we want to come out after this current mess kalahari logic well judging by the latest events the dialogue the vital and the most basic trait and tool of diplomacy is something that is seems to be for now impossible to achieve in this situation. earlier we heard from ken livingstone the former mayor of london he believes that trees amaze governments were concerned about bashing russia and actually establishing what's really happened in this poisoning case crees and i was up there from day one and i'm blaming russia and
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president putin for this facing these claims before they've even been the first report from the people investigating the incident and we still haven't had their final report and i will be surprised if it is never made available to the public the british government has set out to blame all of this on president putin and russia from the very beginning and the simple fact is a country has a principle where you are innocent until proven guilty but here we had our prime minister on the television immediately denouncing rushed. and starting to order the expulsion of russian diplomats and this has been taken up around the western bloc our politics is just about the holidays in three years to get repeated overtime i four corridor into marrow elections library he just says what he thinks he needs at the time i've never known a politician so completely and utterly unrelated to facts he wouldn't even read his
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briefings before we went into those debates he just says what he thinks will go down well at the time so are my broader advice is pay no attention to anything that's ever said by a foreign secretary it will invariably be rubbish to livingston in the meantime president putin said that russia is not expecting an apology anytime soon over the scruple case ensuring used we are not waiting for anything we just expect common sense to eventually prevail so that international relations will not be harmed as much as they are right now with the duma putin speaking there at a joint media conference and croatia taken on to our next story he was with the presidents of turkey in a round with the three power brokers of peace and syria of met to try to come together to reduce the violence in that water own country despite their differences over the conflict in syria they have found a way to work together it seems covering that tonight the nearly put trying to force. the three guarantors have met here at anchor us presidential palace there's
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absolutely no doubt about the three countries commitment to what they're doing together though they're all here with their own different missions. five aired on keep saying that his country won't tolerate any armed kurdish militias in northern syria so the so-called branch military op will continue no matter what the iranian leader hassan rouhani says that external powers although he did specifically mention the u.s. and israel keep trying to use terrorists on the ground to reach some of their own goals for tehran a strong foothold in syria is a strong message to tel aviv and some of its other regional adverse rees lot of our putin proudly speaks of russia's evacuation efforts and he's which have paid off although perhaps the most important point from the russian president here and
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ankara was that moscow is in possession of some intelligence that points to plans by some radicals to destroy the road to peace with a chemical attack. at the joint strategic goal is to eliminate the terrorists who keep trying to destabilize the situation on the ground and sabotage the peace process they are doing this in every way possible we have obtained undeniable evidence of planned provocation by the militants with the use of chemical agents then something that wasn't planned happened then suddenly appeared on encourage the journalists to ask questions and we heard one that we've been waiting for for two days about america being back and forth over its future role in syria and here's what i mean by that book become another syria like very soon very soon very soon we're coming out of saudi arabia. is. really interested no decision and i said well
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if you want to say maybe you can have to pay we are in syria fight isis that is our mission and the mission isn't over and we're going to complete that mission so it was the first one to jump in iran's hassan rouhani couldn't is his chance to throw a punch at washington. the us says one thing one day and then a completely different thing the next so we cannot trust the words and actions since they want to benefit from syria as much as possible a lot of reporting didn't seem to be impressed either with u.s. officials not being able to make up their mind about their future presence in syria all he said was you should go and ask the people across the atlantic and all mr aired on once to say to the americans stop funding and arming the kurds well washington is back and forth lately over its military being taken out of syria was mentioned there as we heard but it now seems tonight the u.s.
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army is set to stay in another twist media reports now claiming that mr trump was persuaded to use on his promise to imminently get troops during a meeting with nutritionals on choose day the white house setting on wednesday that it remains committed though nonetheless to eliminating the remaining pockets of icicle terrorists in syria we discuss the situation on the ground in syria generally with the president of the international committee of the red cross. now at the present moment we see both movements at the same time we see active combat from this with a lot of emergencies placements and at the same time we see that people are also returning to some of the places in syria which are more quiet than eastern or northern from around the human ethiopian corydoras at this certain moment were you wished by people which shows that they came to the conclusion that they were useful tools to get out of the beseeched situation of eastern we have seen
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a lot of people killed and injured by also explosives remnants of war so this is a very complex situation where different tactics and violations also of international humanitarian law by by different sides. to an awful. lot of conditions for disobedient population. a story next to an american photojournalist who are spoke to says he feels betrayed by the f.b.i. after he says he spent months held by terrorists in syria he claims the f.b.i. used him to track their jihad this instead of trying to rescue him. ok to paid off my discover card so apparently that's what it takes to fool the f.b.i. and the immediately started to look at me as an enemy of the state just the lead case agent means you prudy she admitted this to me but i'm sure if there are some time went by they realized that it wasn't me and by that point they were buying so
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many laptops tablets which created an intelligence gathering dream come true for the f.b.i. if they entered into if they intercepted these laptops and tablets which i know that they did and then delivered them into the hands of al qaeda it did not really matter if i was with them or not well i mean muller was gone by the time i discovered all this change told me he's basically he's a coward he ignored me ignored my emails he ignored my message on facebook. i was attempting to cross the syrian border into turkey seems when he was captured by almost wrote to the time was fairly intimate al qaida he spent months in different rebel held prisons and in and around aleppo then in twenty third taney monies to escape becoming the first western the to do so in fact he's written a book now but everything's being throw cold the door on pred describing the nightmare of his captivity. i write in syria eighteen days before my abduction during the time i was photographing the war from the free syrian army side i was
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the air force intelligence and come out about which were two of the most dangerous parts of aleppo at the time and on new year's eve after i got the photographs i went there for i was on my way out forty five minutes from the turkish border when i was abducted by the on the front ok and in syria i didn't want anybody coming to rescue me there was no way you can land seals in the areas that i was in one prison yes it was out of the country every other one was in a lot so there's just no way to fly black folks low enough where they're not going to get shot down so i didn't want anybody coming to get me but i did want them doing the best that they could to keep me safe and none of that was done. ttyl comb or any of her of the social media for the latest from us twenty four seven for now live from moscow is kevin irwin saying thank you for watching this latest update.


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