Cheddar Afternoon Business Report 10/10: Microsoft, Facebook, Southwest Airlines

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Microsoft is looking into whether Russian-backed groups bought ads on any of its platforms during the presidential election. Microsoft hasn't found any inappropriate activity as of yet, according to Reuters.

Facebook is using artificial intelligence to aid Puerto Rico recovery efforts. CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in virtual reality that Facebook is building "population maps" for organizations like the Red Cross to see which areas are most in need. Zuckerberg is drawing criticism for using the devastation to advertise Facebook's VR system. 

Southwest Airlines' new 737 is painted in the colors of coco, a new Disney Pixar movie out in November. The animated film follows a young boy's travels throughout Mexico. Southwest started to fly international routes three years ago and now flies to numerous Mexican destinations.

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