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WASHINGTON —  Meta, the parent company of Facebook, has removed two popular Kurdish Facebook pages accused of spreading misinformation that helped convince thousands of Kurds to mass along the border of Belarus and Poland late last year. The two accounts, one from a Kurdish lawmaker with 143,000 followers and another belonging to a Kurdish journalist […]

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they’re published. This story was co-published with The Washington Post. Facebook groups swelled with at least 650,000 posts attacking the legitimacy of Joe Biden’s victory between Election Day and the Jan. 6 siege of the […]

Frances Haugan, a former Facebook employee was working in the tech giant as a product manager. She left her job at the tech giant in May 2021. Haugen, however did not just left the company, but also took alongside her some sensitive internal documents. These documents brought forward that Facebook knew that its app harms young […]

Several U.S. senators sent a letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg with questions on Facebook’s role in protecting democracy, including upcoming elections, from misinformation. In the Tuesday letter, lawmakers said the social media platform played a role in the spread of “divisive, hateful, and violent online activity” during the 2020 presidential election. The letter also […]

Longtime Facebook veteran Andrew Bosworth insists that political and COVID-19 misinformation are societal problems rather than issues that have been magnified by social networks. Why it matters: Critics say Facebook and other social networks have played a significant role in vaccine hesitancy and the spread of political misinformation. “Individual humans are the ones who choose […]

Months after supporters of now-former President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol, debunked conspiracy theories about who was behind the insurrection continue to circulate on Facebook. That’s according to new research from Avaaz, shared exclusively with USA TODAY. The online activist network found that, in 2021, the two dominant misinformation narratives about the attack on Facebook […]

Glenn Chapman – Agence France-Presse December 2, 2021 | 10:14am SAN FRANCISCO, United States — Fb’s mum or dad firm Meta stated Wednesday it had derailed an anti-vaccine marketing campaign that harassed medical employees, journalists and elected officers, in a sign of the continued strain from coronavirus pandemic-tied misinformation.  The social media large took down […]

“First Draft monitored the New Zealand election and referenda and noticed how small conspiracy idea teams used these occasions to develop in numbers,” Anne Kruger, director of First Draft Australia instructed Newshub. “Influencers and the wellness neighborhood have used narratives similar to ‘your physique, your selection’ to attraction to our autonomy in the course of […]

Fb could also be altering its company title, however it’s nonetheless peddling local weather misinformation. Based on a brand new report from the advocacy group Cease Funding Warmth and the advert hoc group of activists known as the Actual Fb Oversight Board, the platform’s current mechanisms don’t go practically far sufficient to rein in false […]

Misinformation and sceptical views about Covid-19 and vaccines has been allowed to unfold on greater than a dozen Fb and Instagram accounts, pages and teams that collectively have gained 370,000 followers over the previous yr, in keeping with a report. The misinformation and promotion of vaccine hesitancy consists of posts in Fb teams claiming that […]