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Begich still unhappy with new Facebook features

The new features led Begich along with Sens. Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerThrowing some cold water on all of the Korean summit optimism House Republicans push Mulvaney, Trump to rescind Gateway funds Congress should build on the momentum from spending bill MORE (D-N.Y.), Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetOvernight Health Care: GOP pushes stiff work requirements for food stamps | Johnny Isakson opens up about family's tragic loss to opioids | Republicans refuse to back vulnerable Dem's opioids bill | Dems offer new public option plan Lawmakers discuss Latino education gap The Hill's Morning Report: Hannity drawn into Cohen legal fight MORE (D-Colo.) and Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenWhy Smokin' Joe leads the pack of 2020 Democratic hopefuls Pawlenty to announce bid for Minnesota governor Al Franken: Sessions firing McCabe ‘is hypocrisy at its worst’ MORE (D-Minn.) last month to petition the Federal Trade Commission to establish best practices for social network privacy. According to those lawmakers, who first aired their concerns in a letter, Facebook executives should not have automatically opted all users into the new system. Moreover, they asserted the social network made it too difficult for its users to decline participation.

Facebook has tried to address some of those criticisms -- meeting with lawmakers, taking users' questions online and reportedly considering changes to its privacy settings pages. While media reports suggest users' frustration with Facebook is growing, a company spokesman told Hillicon Valley later on Thursday that well over 100,000 sites had implemented its new social plug-ins -- up from just 75 when Facebook introduced those features on April 21.

"Our new features are providing beneficial new social experiences to people around the world that are transparent, consistent with user expectations. We understand there are some concerns and we are working to address them," said Facebook's Andrew Noyes.