Before the 2020 presidential election, Facebook missed out on millions of opportunities to protect misinformation. This is the conclusion of a Avaj, from an advocacy group that searches for misinformation online.
Voice researchers have analyzed the 100 most popular Facebook pages that have repeatedly spread false claims. According to their analysis, more than 10 posts shared by these pages were viewed Billion Time between March and October. The report also falsifies Facebook’s fact-checking policies, noting that “the top 100 fake or misleading stories related to the 2020 election” were viewed 122 million times in three months, and even Facebook’s fact-checkers have denied the allegations.
The report said, “Although Facebook once claimed to have spread true-labeled and labeled fake news, this investigation clearly shows that its current policies are not enough to prevent false and misleading content from going viral and presenting millions of opinions,” the report said.
The report comes just days before Mark Zuckerberg faces questions from members of Congress about Facebook’s role in spreading misinformation about the election. Zuckerberg is with Twitter CEO Jack Darcy and Google CEO Sundar Pichai. A House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing was held March 25.
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but a spokesman for the company said in a statement Saying that the researchers’ method was “flawed”. The spokesman also hinted at Facebook’s efforts Militarized social movement including Keonon
However, the report says that Facebook waited too long to implement many of its key changes, including the “emergency” feature. Similarly, the agency’s crackdown on Quinn and other groups glorified in the violence also came too late, according to Avaj, shortly after the election, the voice said. By the time Facebook took action against them, the most troubled groups had “already achieved significant symptoms”.
“Furthermore, Facebook again prioritizes the piece-by-meal and tri-sesame approach to individual content – without the use of more powerful tools available to protect its users and democracy, as a result of structural changes to its recommended algorithms and organizational priorities,” Awaaz wrote. Zuckerberg announced That he wanted to reduce the amount of political content in the news feed and that Facebook would permanently end the algorithmic recommendations for political parties
Members of Congress feel that the highlights in the report could raise many of the same issues. The Entitled “Disinformation Nation: The Role of Social Media in Promoting Extremism and Misinformation”, it is expected to cover how social media companies misinformed about the 2020 election and made false claims about the coronavirus vaccine.