Facebook’s Russia Problem

How should the company deal with Russian disinformation? Can it?

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Virginia Heffernan talks to Wired’s Issie Lapowsky about the news that Russian-linked accounts bought political ads on Facebook during the 2016 election. Is this a problem that Facebook can solve?

And in a segment just for Slate Plus members, producer Jayson De Leon chats with Slate’s Jim Newell about Trump’s debt ceiling deal with the Democrats. To sign up for Slate Plus, go to

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