Fake news inquiry: Facebook questioned by MPs from around the world – as it happened

By Alex Hern

09:22

Facebook has said it has already investigated claims of Russian activity discussed during today’s hearing and found there was no concerns.

Collins quoted an email seized from software company Six4Three alleging that a Facebook engineer had notified the company in October 2014 that Russian IP addresses were accessing “three billion data points a day” on the network.

“If Russian IP addresses were pulling down a huge amount of data from the platform was that reported or was that just kept, as so often seems to be the case, within the family and not talked about,” he asked.

Facebook’s Richard Allan said the claim was misleading and taken out of context.

Facebook has now issued a statement confirming the issue was looked into and told the Guardian “the engineers who had flagged these initial concerns subsequently looked into this further and found no evidence of specific Russian activity”

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