MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Russia’s presidential election (all times local):

11:10 p.m.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has addressed thousands of people who rallied outside the Kremlin to thank them for their support and promised new achievements.

Speaking to a crowd who attended a pop concert near the Kremlin marking his election victory, Putin hailed those who voted for him as a “big national team,” adding that “we are bound for success.”

He said that the nation needs unity to move forward and urged the audience to “think about the future of our great motherland.” He then led the enthusiastic crowd to chant “Russia!”

Results from more than half of precincts showed Putin winning over 75 percent of the vote, with Communist candidate Pavel Grudinin and ultranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky trailing far behind with about 13 and 6 percent, respectively.


9:45 p.m.

Ksenia Sobchak, a liberal challenger in Russia’s presidential election who is a distant fourth in the early vote count, says she’s satisfied with her campaign.

Sobchak, who won about 1.4 percent of the vote in more than 20 percent of precincts already counted, said in televised remarks that her goal in the race was to spread liberal ideas across the country. An exit poll saw her winning about 2.5 percent of the vote.

Critics described Sobchak as a Kremlin project intended to add a democratic veneer to the election that saw President Vladimir Putin easily win about 73 percent of Sunday’s vote, according to an early vote count.

Sobchak, a 36-year-old star TV host who is the daughter of Putin’s one-time patron, has denied collusion with the Kremlin.


9:10 p.m.

An exit poll and early returns suggest that Vladimir Putin has easily won a fourth term, keeping him as Russia’s president for six more years.

The nationwide exit poll conducted by the All-Russia Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) showed that Putin won 73.9 percent of Sunday’s presidential vote. The poll covered 161,000 respondents at 1,200 precincts in 68 Russian provinces and had a margin of error of no more than 3.5 percent.

The exit poll findings looked similar to early results from Russia’s Far East, where the presidential vote ended eight hours ago. The Central Election Commission said with 21 percent of all precincts counted, Putin was leading the race with 71.9 percent of the vote.

The exit poll showed Communist candidate Pavel Grudinin in second place with 11.2 percent of the vote, while ultranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky came in third with 6.7 percent.


9 p.m.

An exit poll suggests that Vladimir Putin has handily won a fourth term as Russia’s president, adding six more years in the Kremlin for the man who has led the world’s largest country for all of the 21st century.

The vote Sunday was tainted by widespread reports of ballot-box stuffing and forced voting, but the complaints will likely do little to undermine Putin.

Putin’s main challenges in the election were to obtain a huge margin of victory in order to claim an indisputable mandate. The exit poll suggests he got more than 70 percent of the vote.

He faced seven minor candidates on the ballot. Putin’s most vehement and visible foe, anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny, was rejected as a candidate because he was convicted of fraud in a case widely regarded as politically motivated.


8:15 p.m.

Russia’s opposition leader Alexei Navalny has accused presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak of discrediting the opposition by joining the race.

Navalny told Sobchak in a YouTube broadcast that she was a “parody of a liberal candidate” and her involvement in the campaign helped the Kremlin cast the opposition in a negative light. He rejected Sobchak’s proposal to join forces.

Sobchak, a 36-year-old star TV anchor who is the daughter of Putin’s one-time patron, rejected the accusations, saying that she has used the race to champion the liberal ideas, attract public attention to some of the most acute issues and encourage important regional projects.

Critics have accused Sobchak of helping Putin create a semblance of competition in the vote he is set to easily win. She has denied collusion with the Kremlin.


5:35 p.m.

Russia’s Central Election Commission says the turnout in the presidential election has exceeded 50 percent.

The commission says 51.9 percent of Russia’s nearly 111 million eligible voters have cast ballots as of 5 p.m. Moscow time (1400 GMT).

Election officials say efforts to encourage a higher turnout are in line with the law. Some Russians have reported being pressured by employers to show up and vote.

Election commission chief Ella Pamfilova also says officials around the country are taking quick measures in response to claims of violations.

Independent election observers and activists have alleged numerous incidents of ballot stuffing and other irregularities in Sunday’s vote, which President Vladimir Putin is certain to win.


5:20 p.m.

Russia’s Central Election Commission says it is quickly responding to claims of violations in the presidential vote.

Commission chief Ella Pamfilova says “we are immediately reacting to all claims no matter where they come from.” She says officials quickly sealed a ballot box in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don where ballot stuffing was reported.

Election officials have responded similarly to allegations of ballot stuffing in the town of Lyubertsy just outside Moscow and the far eastern town of Artyom and have been looking into several other complaints.

Pamfilova’s deputy, Nikolai Bulayev, says “we are not hiding … even the smallest violations.”

Independent election observers and activists have alleged numerous incidents of ballot stuffing and other irregularities in Sunday’s vote, which President Vladimir Putin is certain to win.


3:50 p.m.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says he has boycotted the presidential election and is advising other Russians to do the same.

Navalny has been barred from the presidential campaign because of a criminal conviction widely seen as politically motivated. He has urged his supporters not to vote because of the absence of any real competition in Sunday’s election, which President Vladimir Putin is set to win easily.

Navalny says in a video posted on YouTube that “on election day, one should usually want to say ‘I voted,’ but in fact I’m here to say that I didn’t go to vote.”

He criticized the seven contenders challenging Putin for failing to protest ballot stuffing and other irregularities that were tainting the election, saying on his blog that “such candidates aren’t worthy of your vote.”


3:30 p.m.

Russian election officials say they are looking into several incidents of ballot stuffing in the presidential vote.

One incident was recorded in the town of Lyubertsy just outside Moscow. Irina Konovalova, the head of the election commission for the Moscow region, says all ballots in the box were declared invalid.

And in the far eastern town of Artyom a man tossed several ballots into the box, according to Tatiana Gladkhikh, the head of the regional election commission. She says the ballot box was sealed and the man was arrested.

Russia’s Central Election Commission also said it was looking into claims of ballot stuffing in Siberia’s Kemerovo region.

Independent election observers and activists have alleged numerous incidents of ballot stuffing and other irregularities in Sunday’s vote, which President Vladimir Putin is certain to win.


2:05 p.m.

Russian opposition presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak has cast her ballot and urged Vladimir Putin’s critics to vote instead of boycotting.

Sobchak, a 36-year-old former TV star, told reporters in Moscow that the higher the support for Putin in Sunday’s vote, “the tougher the system” Russians will face in his new term.

Sobchak argued against the boycott called for by opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is barred from running. She said “every extra percentage point” for Putin is a result of those who refuse or don’t bother to vote.

Sobchak called on Putin’s critics to “come together.”

Critics think Sobchak has the tacit support of the Kremlin so that the election looks more democratic, which she denies. She is the only candidate who has openly criticized Putin in the campaign.

Putin is expected to overwhelmingly win another six years in office.


12:15 p.m.

Russia’s central election commission says its website was the target of an unsuccessful hacking attempt during Sunday’s presidential election.

Commission chair Ella Pamfilova told reporters that it was a DDoS, or distributed denial of service, attempt tracked to computers in 15 countries, without naming them. Such attacks are very common.

She said efforts to disrupt the site occurred when voters in Russia’s far east were already casting ballots, but they were deterred by Russian authorities.

As U.S. authorities investigate alleged Russian hacking and other interference in President Donald Trump’s 2016 election, Russian authorities have claimed that foreign powers are seeking to interfere in Sunday’s vote.

President Vladimir Putin is set to win, and is hoping for high turnout despite widespread apathy. Pamfilova said turnout nationwide at 11 a.m. Moscow time (0800 GMT) was 16.9 percent, up from 12.2 percent at the same time in the last election in 2012.


11:45 a.m.

Security forces are surrounding Russian facilities in Ukraine amid anger over the Ukrainian government’s refusal to allow ordinary Russians to vote for president.

Ukrainian police are guarding the Russian Embassy in Kiev and consular offices in Odessa and other cities.

The Ukrainian government announced that only Russian diplomatic officials would be allowed to cast ballots in Sunday’s vote, which Vladimir Putin is set to win.

Millions of ethnic Russians live in Ukraine but the number of registered Russian voters in Ukraine is unclear.

Ukraine is protesting voting in Crimea, annexed by Russia from Ukraine four years ago. Ukraine is also angry over Russian support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, where a deadly conflict continues.

Russian authorities are appealing to the United Nations and Council of Europe to intervene, according to Russian news agencies.


10:15 a.m.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has cast his ballot in the presidential election, seeking a mandate for a fourth term.

Putin is certain to win in Sunday’s election, so voter apathy is widespread. Authorities have spent unprecedented funds to get out the vote to ensure he has a strong mandate for his next six years in office.

Some 145,000 observers are monitoring the voting in the world’s largest country, including 1,500 foreigners and representatives from opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s political movement.

Navalny himself is barred from running. Putin faces seven challengers but none poses a serious threat.


9 a.m.

Election monitors are reporting irregularities at voting stations across Russia in a presidential election whose only open question is how many people cast ballots.

Vladimir Putin is certain to win a fourth term in Sunday’s election, so voter apathy is widespread. Authorities have spent unprecedented funds to get out the vote to ensure he has a strong mandate for his next six years in office.

Election monitoring group Golos reported dozens of apparent violations Sunday, from the Russian Far East to Moscow. The problems included multiple ballot boxes placed out of sight of observation cameras, and last-minute voter registration changes likely designed to boost turnout.

Some 145,000 observers are monitoring the voting in the world’s largest country, including 1,500 foreigners and representatives from opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s political movement.

Navalny himself is barred from running. Putin faces seven challengers but none poses a serious threat.


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NEW YORK (AP) — Not since “Avatar” has a box-office hit had the kind of staying power of “Black Panther.” Ryan Coogler’s comic-book sensation on Sunday became the first film since James Cameron’s 2009 smash to top the weekend box office five straight weekends.

The Disney release grossed $27 million in ticket sales over the weekend, according to studio estimates, pushing its domestic haul to $605.4 million. Worldwide, “Black Panther” has grossed more than $1.1 billion.

Though “Black Panther” has had little competition to contend with throughout February and March, such consistency is especially rare in today’s movie-going world. Before “Avatar,” the last film to do it was 1999’s “The Sixth Sense.”

That left second place to the MGM-Warner Bros.’ rebooted “Tomb Raider,” starring Alicia Vikander as the archaeologist adventurer Lara Croft. The $90 million film opened with $23.5 million, largely failing to stir much excitement among moviegoers. Critics gave it mediocre reviews (49 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and ticket-buyers responded with a “meh,” giving it a B CinemaScore.

With Vikander stepping in for Angelina Jolie, Roar Uthaug’s “Tomb Raider” is an attempt to rekindle a video game-adapted franchise that faded quickly the first time around. The 2001 original opened $47.7 million and grossed $274.7 million worldwide, but the big-budget 2003 sequel flopped, opening with $21.8 million domestically and grossing $156.5 million worldwide.

Jeff Goldstein, distribution chief for Warner Bros., said “Tomb Raider” came close to studio expectations in North America but that international ticket sales were a primary focus. “Tomb Raider” was no. 1 overseas, grossing $84.5 million, including a $41.1 million in China.

“International was always a key part of the strategy,” Goldstein said.

Of course, the continuing success of “Black Panther” also didn’t help “Tomb Raider.” When release dates were being set a year ago, few could have foreseen “Black Panther” no. 1 five weeks in. “How could you?” Goldstein said.

“Black Panther” has shown considerably fewer legs in China, however. Though it has grossed $96 million in two weeks of release in China, “Black Panther” slid steeply in its second weekend.

Yet last week, “Black Panther” even bested Disney’s own “A Wrinkle in Time,” Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 novel of the same name. In its second week, “A Wrinkle in Time” dropped 50 percent with $16.6 million in ticket sales.

The surprise of the weekend was the Lionsgate-Roadside Attractions Christian drama “I Can Only Imagine,” which grossed $17.1 million on 1,629 screens — less than half the number that “Black Panther,” ”Tomb Raider” and “A Winkle in Time” played on. The film, which co-stars Dennis Quaid and Cloris Leachman, cost only $7 million to make. It stars J. Michael Finley as the singer behind one of the most popular Christian songs, by the band MercyMe.

“I Can Only Imagine” doubled expectations by sticking to the typical tactic of “faith-based” releases with a grassroots marketing effort that focused on Southern, Southwestern and suburban moviegoers. Eighty percent of the audience was over 35.

It’s the biggest opening weekend ever for Roadside Attractions, the 15-year-old indie distributor whose previous titles include “Mud” and “Manchester by the Sea.”

“We did really work the film. Starting with the beginning of October, we were screening the film for faith-based influencers,” said Roadside co-founder Howard Cohen. “So it had a really classic playbook for these type of movies. But a lot of movies do it and it doesn’t work as well.”

Playing to a virtually opposite audience was 20th Century Fox’s “Love, Simon,” the first film from a major Hollywood studio featuring a gay teen protagonist. Whereas “I Can Only Imagine” catered to the suburbs, “Love, Simon” thrived mainly in urban areas.

Greg Berlanti’s film, adapted from the best-selling young-adult novel “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda,” stars Nick Robinson as a gay 17-year-old who has yet to come out when another closeted boy from his high school begins an anonymous e-mail romance. The film garnered strong reviews (91 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences agreed, giving it an A-plus CinemaScore.

“I feel good that we released this film. I feel great that we had the kind of exit polls that we did,” said Chris Aronson, distribution chief for Fox. “I think audiences are going to continue to find this jewel of a film that Greg Berlanti created.”

Fox Searchlight’s Oscar winner “The Shape of Water” also launched in China this weekend with $10.4 million following its best-picture win. The biggest post-Oscars boost has been overseas, where “The Shape of Water” grossed $17 million over the weekend.

According to comScore, the weekend was down 50 percent from the same weekend in 2017 when Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” opened with a record-breaking $174.8 million.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers also are included. Final three-day domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. “Black Panther,” $27 million ($30 million international).

2. “Tomb Raider,” $23.5 million ($84.5 million international).

3. “I Can Only Imagine,” $17.1 million ($195,000 international).

4. “A Wrinkle in Time,” $16.6 million ($3.2 million international).

5. “Love, Simon,” $11.5 million.

6. “Game Night,” $5.6 million ($3.7 million international).

7. “Peter Rabbit,” $5.2 million ($14.5 million international).

8. “Strangers: Prey at Night,” $4.8 million.

9. “Red Sparrow,” $4.5 million ($8.9 million international).

10. “Death Wish,” $3.4 million ($1.3 million international).


Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:

1. “Tomb Raider,” $84.5 million.

2. “Black Panther,” $30 million.

3. “The Shape of Water,” $17 million.

4. “Peter Rabbit,” $14.5 million.

5. “Operation Red Sea,” $11.7 million.

6. “Red Sparrow,” $8.9 million.

7. “Coco,” $6.5 million.

8. “Amazing China,” $6.1 million.

9. “Now I Will Meet You,” $5.9 million.

10. “Bajrangi Bhaijaan,” $4.8 million.


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MOSCOW (AP) — Social networks buzzed all day Sunday with videos, photos and firsthand accounts of voting violations in Russia’s presidential election.

Election authorities said they will investigate all irregularities and annul results where needed. But the breadth of the reports was striking, and they may cast a shadow on the victory by incumbent Vladimir Putin.

Video authenticated by The Associated Press showed some of the apparent irregularities. Some also were reported by observers including representatives of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the Golos monitoring group and ordinary Russians. Some examples:


CCTV footage of a voting station in the Moscow suburb of Lyubertsy shows a woman taking a ballot from a table, looking around to see if anyone is watching, then putting it in the box. She repeats the action, again and again. Another woman, apparently a colleague at the station, joins her.

A video from Ilskhan-Yurt in Chechnya shows a man in a white cap repeatedly putting ballots in the same box.

In the Primorsky region of the Far East, a woman pulls papers from her jacket and stuffs them in the box.

Dozens of other examples of apparent ballot box stuffing were posted online.

The regional election commission said the results from the Lyubertsy station would be invalidated. Authorities sealed a ballot box in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don where ballot stuffing was reported, and are investigating similar allegations in Artyom in the far east.


Video from a polling station in Makhachkala in the Caucasus Mountains republic of Dagestan showed local official Magomet Rasulov appearing to punch observer Malik Butaev before being led out by police.

Aida Mirmaksumova, who is collecting violations in Makhachkala, said burly men dressed in black dragged an observer for Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin on the ground as he shouted, “Help!” Others yelled: “Get out of here!” Amid the melee, people were seen stuffing what appeared to be ballots into a ballot box.

Zukhrab Omarov, an observer for liberal candidate Grigory Yavlinsky, said he was dragged away by police as he was trying to shoot video of violations in Makhachkala.

“They asked me to show my passport with my registrations, they were asking what I were doing and why, and they said that they would break my nose. They asked me why we were filming and they destroyed all the videos of the violations that we had taken, but some of them are already online,” Omarov said, displaying bruises and ripped pants from the incident.


Residents in Perm, Yekaterinburg and Moscow showed the AP messages from employers pressuring workers to vote and requiring them to report on when and where they cast ballots. One worker said he feared he wouldn’t get his monthly bonus if he didn’t.

In Kudrovo in the Leningradsky region outside St. Petersburg, observer Sergei Dzhus discovered people apparently bused in to a traditionally low-turnout area to boost participation.

“From the very beginning, there were many, many people who came to our polling station,” he told the AP. He followed one group getting on a bus, but as he filmed, he said members of the group tried to shield their identities from the camera and refused to answer his questions.

Central Election Commission deputy chief Nikolai Bulayev defended the practice of busing voters to voting stations as “help” for those in remote areas poorly served by public transport.


There also were turnout-boosting gimmicks and state-funded campaigns, which were not technically illegal but tacitly helped the incumbent.

In Moscow, health officials offered cancer screening and discounted food products at polling stations. Some towns staged dancing, sports competitions and clown acts.

Prizes were offered at some polls for voters who wore the best costumes, and some people came dressed as bears, folk characters and medieval knights.

In the Leningradsky region, one man was photographed dressed as a Sarmat ballistic missile — perhaps hoping to capture the attention of the Kremlin as it expands its nuclear arsenal.


Associated Press writers Angela Charlton and Kate de Pury in Moscow contributed.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The prospects for are worsening for the latest proposal to impose new tolls on motorists entering the busiest parts of Manhattan as skeptical lawmakers balk at the plan.

Earlier this year, a state panel had recommended tolls of up to $11 or more as a way to reduce gridlock while raising money for badly needed transit upgrades. But Republicans in the state Senate did not include any version of that plan in their state budget recommendation, while the Democrat-led Assembly has endorsed a significantly scaled back proposal that would impose new fees on taxis, limos and Uber and Lyft rides.

Lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo could still work out a deal in the state budget, due April 1, or even in the waning weeks of the session after the budget is approved. But so far there’s little support in the Legislature for any significant new congestion tolls, while Republicans are opposed to even small new fees on for-hire vehicles.

The news is likely to cheer the commuters and commercial drivers whose opposition has helped sink earlier congestion pricing plans. But the news is alarming environmental groups and mass transit advocates who say the city and state must invest in transportation options that take cars off the streets. Similar toll systems are already in place in cities such as London, Stockholm and Singapore.

In January, a task force commissioned by Cuomo, a Democrat, recommended $11.52 tolls for motorists driving south of 60th Street, with $25.34 tolls for trucks and fees between $2 and $5 for Uber rides and for-hire vehicles. Cuomo didn’t endorse the details of that plan, but said last year congestion pricing is “an idea whose time has come.”

Maybe not just yet.

“Sometimes things have to come in stages and sometimes things have to mature.” Said Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, of the Bronx.

The Assembly on Wednesday endorsed a budget proposal that would add a $2.75 charge on Uber, Lyft and Limo rides below 96th Street in Manhattan. Taxi cabs pay a 50-cent-per-trip surcharge.

The Assembly plan would also impose a $1 fee on Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing trips throughout the rest of the city and state — an idea that was quickly slammed by Uber.

“Yet another new tax for already overtaxed New Yorkers,” said Uber Senior Policy Manager Josh Gold.

Some level of surcharge on for-hire vehicles remains a possibility this year. It’s also possible lawmakers and Cuomo could agree in the budget to pay for the electronic sensors and video equipment that would likely need to be installed throughout Manhattan for any eventual tolling system.

A Cuomo spokesman said that negotiations with the Assembly and Senate are “ongoing” as singled out the technology investment as a priority.

“Traffic congestion is only getting worse and we need to start planning for the necessary infrastructure now,” said spokesman Peter Ajemian.

Environmental and transit advocates who have long pushed for congestion pricing only to see officials reject one plan after another say they’re hoping Cuomo can convince lawmakers to reconsider their long-standing opposition, which also doomed a high-profile proposal from former Mayor Michael Bloomberg several years ago.

“New York’s streets are in desperate need of a decongestant and our transit systems need sustained funding,” said Peter Iwanowicz, executive director of Environmental Advocates of New York.

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook has a problem it just can’t kick: People keep exploiting it in ways that could sway elections, and in the worst cases even undermine democracy.

News reports that Facebook let the Trump-affiliated data mining firm Cambridge Analytica abscond with data from tens of millions of users mark the third time in roughly a year the company appears to have been outfoxed by crafty outsiders in this way.

Before the Cambridge imbroglio, there were Russian agents running election-related propaganda campaigns through targeted ads and fake political events. And before the Russians took center stage, there were purveyors of fake news who spread false stories to rile up hyperpartisan audiences and profit from the resulting ad revenue.

In the previous cases, Facebook initially downplayed the risks posed by these activities. It only seriously grappled with fake news and Russian influence after sustained criticism from users, experts and politicians. In the case of Cambridge, Facebook says the main problem involved the transfer of data to a third party — not its collection in the first place.

Each new issue has also raised the same enduring questions about Facebook’s conflicting priorities — to protect its users, but also to ensure that it can exploit their personal details to fuel its hugely lucrative, and precisely targeted, advertising business.

Facebook may say its business model is to connect the world, but it’s really “to collect psychosocial data on users and sell that to advertisers.” said Mike Caulfield, a faculty trainer at Washington State University who directs a multi-university effort focused on digital literacy.

Late Friday, Facebook announced it was banning Cambridge , an outfit that helped Donald Trump win the White House, saying the company improperly obtained information from 270,000 people who downloaded a purported research app described as a personality test. Facebook first learned of this breach of privacy more than two years ago, but hasn’t mentioned it publicly until now.

And the company may still be playing down its scope. Christopher Wylie, a former Cambridge employee who served as a key source for detailed investigative reports published Saturday in The New York Times and The Guardian , said the firm was actually able to pull in data from roughly 50 million profiles by extending its tentacles to the unwitting friends of app users. (Facebook has since barred such second-hand data collection by apps.)

Wylie said he regrets the role he played in what he called “a full service propaganda machine.” Cambridge’s goal, he told the Guardian in a video interview , was to use the Facebook data to build detailed profiles that could be used to identify and then to target individual voters with personalized political messages calculated to sway their opinions.

“It was a grossly unethical experiment,” Wylie said. “Because you are playing with an entire country. The psychology of an entire country without their consent or awareness.”

Cambridge has denied wrongdoing and calls Wylie a disgruntled former employee. It acknowledged obtaining user data in violation of Facebook policies, but blamed a middleman contractor for the problem. The company said it never used the data and deleted it all once it learned of the infraction — an assertion contradicted by Wylie and now under investigation by Facebook.

Jonathan Albright, research director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, said Facebook badly needs to embrace the transparency it has essentially forced on its users by sharing their habits, likes and dislikes with advertisers. Albright has previously noted cases in which Facebook deleted thousands of posts detailing Russian influence on its service and underreported the audience for Russian posts by failing to mention millions of followers on Instagram, which Facebook owns.

Facebook is “withholding information to the point of negligence,” he said Saturday. “How many times can you keep doing that before it gets to the point where you’re not going to be able to wrangle your way out?”

The Cambridge imbroglio also revealed what appear to be loopholes in Facebook’s privacy assurances, particularly regarding third-party apps. Facebook appears to have no technical way to enforce privacy promises made by app developers, leaving users little choice but to simply trust them.

In fact, the enforcement actions outlined in Facebook’s statement don’t address prevention at all — just ways to respond to violations after they’ve occurred.

On Saturday, Facebook continued to insist that the Cambridge data collection was not a “data breach” because “everyone involved gave their consent” to share their data. The purported research app followed Facebook’s existing privacy rules, no systems were surreptitiously infiltrated and no one stole passwords or sensitive information without permission. (To Facebook, the only real violation was the transfer of information collected for “research” to a third party such as Cambridge.)

Experts say that argument only makes sense if every user fully understands Facebook’s obscure privacy settings, which often default to maximal data sharing.

“It’s a disgusting abuse of privacy,” said Larry Ponemon, founder of the privacy research firm Ponemon Institute. “In general, most of these privacy settings are superficial,” he said. “Companies need to do more to make sure commitments are actually met.”


Jesdanun reported from New York.

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