The emergency measures, originally designed for countries facing mass ethnic or political bloodshed, include slowing the spread of viral content and lowering the bar for suppressing potentially inflammatory posts.
Deepa SeetharamanNEW: Facebook is preparing for the possibility of election-related conflict in the U.S. with tools it initially made for countries facing ethnic bloodshed, sources tell @JeffHorwitz + me. MZ says a decisive victory on Nov. 3 would reduce risks.
Facebook’s CEO long left politics and policy to deputies. No more. As the company’s influence has grown, and with it controversies, political acumen has become an essential tool.
Deepa SeetharamanNew: It was once nigh impossible to get Mark Zuckerberg interested in politics. But over the last few years, as Facebook has lurched from one controversy to the next, he’s built himself into something of a political operator. Story w/ @EmilyGlazer.
At least a dozen schools in Hawaii, California and Ohio stopped using a remote-learning program after parents and educators raised complaints over content some called racist or inaccurate, with some questioning the company founder’s alleged...
Facebook and Twitter removed a video posted by President Trump in which he said children are “almost immune” from Covid-19, a claim that the companies said ran afoul of their rules against harmful misinformation about coronavirus.
The social media giant aims to study and address potential racial bias on its core platform and Instagram unit, in a departure from the company’s prior reluctance to explore the way its products affect different minority groups.
Deepa SeetharamanNew: Facebook and Instagram are in the early stages of creating teams to work on racial bias, per sources + company. Among other things, the teams will study the impacts of its services on different racial groups.
Being targeted by those who traffic in false promises feels like a “slap in the face” to patients like me.
Deepa SeetharamanVery impt op-ed from someone who was diagnosed with cancer & then was flooded with pseudoscience ads on Facebook.
“The evidence is clear: Death rates are much higher for people with cancer who choose alternative therapies instead of standard care.”
Report warns that the social media company may be “driving people toward self-reinforcing echo chambers of extremism.”
Deepa SeetharamanFB’s civil rights auditors “do not believe that Facebook is sufficiently attuned to the depth of concern on the issue of polarization & the way that the algorithms used by Facebook inadvertently fuel extreme & polarizing content.” @GregBensinger
Under mounting pressure from advertisers, Facebook said it would start labeling political speech that violated its rules and take other measures to prevent voter suppression and protect minorities from abuse.
Groups including the Anti-Defamation League and the NAACP, are encouraging big advertisers to pull spending to protest what they say is the company’s failure to make its platform a less-hostile place.
Deepa SeetharamanNew from me: several advocacy groups, including @ADL & @NAACP, are urging advertisers to pull their spending on Facebook for the month of July to protest what they view as the company’s inaction on hate.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, addressing employees Tuesday, defended his decision to preserve posts on the platform by President Trump despite mounting outrage from insiders and civil rights activists that one of his messages last week was tantamount...
Some of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s posts on Facebook have set off an intense debate inside the social media company over the past year, with some employees arguing certain posts about banning Muslims from entering the U.S....
Deepa SeetharamanSome context: In Dec. 2015, Facebook execs decided not to enforce its hate speech policy against then-candidate Donald Trump even though his Muslim ban post broke FB rules. Instead, $fb created a newsworthiness carve-out sparked by this + other episodes.