It was dealing with the ramifications of Russian propagandists using Facebook to stir U.S. social dissent, claims that it's censoring refugees fleeing Myanmar and outrage for allowing people to target paid messages to bigots.
Facing a shareholder lawsuit, Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg also spiked a stock restructuring that would have solidified his control of the company.
That status makes a company the punching bag of politicians, the media, customers, suppliers, consumer watchdogs, investors and anyone else who has a grievance, whether legitimate or not.
Rather, people looking for a quick buck circulated bogus information on Facebook, like a false post that said the pope endorsed Donald Trump for president.
In response to demands from Congress, Facebook also said it would voluntarily hand over advertisements purchased, the company believes, by organizations with ties to the Russian government.
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