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Facebook looks to hire people with national security clearances amid backlash over Russian meddling

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Facebook is reportedly looking to hire people who have national security clearances to help prevent foreign governments from using its service to influence future elections.

The decision, first reported by Bloomberg, comes as the social media giant faces intense scrutiny and backlash over the role it advertently played in Russia's influence campaign during the 2016 election.

Facebook apparently plans to use employees which such clearance - who can access information classified by the US government - to receive government information about any potential threats and "search more proactively for questionable social media campaigns ahead of elections," an anonymous source told Bloomberg.

Candidates who do have national security clearance are often former government and intelligence officials, consultants or contractors.

Earlier, security clearances were deactivated once an official or intelligence worker left their government job.

Now, they can be carried over to private sector jobs so long as the position still requires access to classified information.

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