Sen. Mark Warner on Facebook, border crisis

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VIRGINIA (WAVY) — Senator Mark Warner (D) Virginia says he wants to “start a conversation” about how companies like Facebook use your information. He also believes Washington can stem the recent crisis of children immigrating over the southern border.

WAVY's Tom Schaad interviews Senator Mark Warner over the phone, July 9, 2014.
WAVY’s Tom Schaad interviews Senator Mark Warner over the phone, July 9, 2014.

During a late afternoon interview Wednesday, Senator Warner said he’s sending a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, urging an investigation into a Facebook experiment that has caused outrage among many of its users. Facebook’s data scientists manipulated news feeds of some 700,000 users by omitting content that contained positive or negative emotions. Critics say Facebook toyed with its users’ emotions, treating them like guinea pigs.

Document: Sen. Warner’s letter to FTC

Regarding the border crisis, Senator Warner said he would like the House to look at President Obama’s request for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to process thousands of young Central American immigrants, who crossed the border illegally. But he also said “the system is broken,” and that he’s calling on his colleagues to get behind comprehensive immigration reform.

Watch Schaad’s full interview with Warner in the video player above.

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