- Buzzfeed News reported on Monday that a former Facebook employee wrote a memo revealing the many surprising failures by Facebook to deal with political misinformation around the world.
- In the memo, data scientist Sophie Zhang claimed that Facebook “removed 10.5 million fake responses and fans from high-profile politicians in Brazil and the US in the 2018 elections,” according to Buzzfeed News.
- Zhang also claimed that Facebook focused mostly on the US and Western Europe, referencing a manager’s comment that said: “Much of the world outside the West was effectively with the Wild West [Zhang] As a part-time dictator. “
- Facebook is facing increasing criticism, with it being the biggest challenge facing the US 2020 presidential election and dozens of contests around the world.
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Former Facebook data scientist Sophie Zhang detailed several examples of the company’s failures to effectively deal with worldwide political misinformation in blistering memos obtained by Buzzfeed News.
One of Zhang’s many revelations: the scale of inhuman activity surrounding the 2018 US elections was revealed by Facebook earlier.
“We removed 10.5 million fake responses and fanfare of high-profile politicians in Brazil and the US in the 2018 elections – leading politicians of all states in Brazil and many lower-level politicians in the United States.” In the memo, according to Buzzfeed News.
Facebook did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the memo or the extent of the inhumane behavior during the 2018 US elections.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Zhang helped locate Facebook for nearly three years and deal with things like “fake engagement” and “bots affecting elections”, a pattern of Facebook revealed that the scope of misinformation There are not enough resources to deal with. The site and, as a result, is focusing on parts of the world and types of content.
“To take care of priority areas such as the United States and Western Europe,” the company said, “caused so much infringing behavior around the world that it was left to my personal assessment of what matters to investigate further. “.
Yet Zhang’s memo allegedly detailed both the efforts of public servants and malicious actors for elections in countries other than the US, including Honduras, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, India, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Brazil, though he Did not tell the company. Take aggressive action in those cases.
Zhang also said, according to Buzzfeed News, that Facebook placed more emphasis on addressing “spam” and was likely to cause PR headaches for the company rather than ensuring the integrity of the election in smaller countries when it Stated that “human resources are limited”, he urged the company to do more about political misinformation.
The memo states that Facebook has major challenges ahead when it comes to dealing with misinformation, especially related to political and social issues, even as it relates to recent incidents of deadly incidents such as Kenah and Liar. Faces increasing criticism over its slow and inconsistent responses. Claims about mail-in voting by US President Donald Trump.