UK lawmakers recommend stiffer social media regulation

British lawmakers have issued what amounts to a public spanking of Facebook.

The report, put out by a parliamentary committee, says Facebook intentionally violated privacy and anti-competition laws in the U.K. It also called for greater oversight of Facebook and other social media companies.

The report on fake news and disinformation on social networking sites comes after an 18-month investigation. The committee that put together the report says social media sites should have a mandatory code of ethics overseen by an independent regulator to help such sites better control harmful or illegal content.

The report called out Facebook in particular, saying that the site's structure seems to be designed to "conceal knowledge of and responsibility for specific decisions." The report expands on an earlier report by the committee issued in July .

Facebook did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.

Facebook and other internet companies have been facing increased scrutiny over how they handle user data and have come under fire for not doing enough to stop misuse of their platforms by groups trying to sway elections.

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