Social Media on Misinformation
Facebook has traded moral accountability for commercial gain
Mar 06, 2020
Facebook’s new recipe: too much optimism, not enough human rights | OpenGlobalRights
Because social media platforms dominate public forums worldwide, a governance system rooted in “social values” instead of human rights may be convenient for companies, but it is deeply unsatisfactory in terms of protecting users.
Mar 05, 2020
Facebook allows Trump campaign to run deceptive Census ads [UPDATED] - Popular Information
This is the online version of the Popular Information newsletter. To get independent accountability journalism straight to your inbox, please subscribe: UPDATE (3/5, 2 PM): Hours after the publication of this report, Facebook abruptly reversed course and said they would take down the Trump campaign’s ads about the Census. Facebook disclosed the decision in an email to Vanita Gupta, president of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Gupta emailed top leadership at Facebook, including Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, on Thursday regarding Popular Information’s report and Trump’s “deliberately deceptive and misleading” ads.
Mar 03, 2020
Judd Legum on Twitter
“1. Facebook made THE DAILY CALLER an official fact-checking partner. That gives The Daily Caller the ability to label anything posted on Facebook as "false information" and dramatically reduce its distribution. It's now using that power to boost Trump. https://t.co/AoMU8uhDR8”
Feb 29, 2020
Republican mega-donor buys stake in Twitter and seeks to oust Jack Dorsey – report | Technology | The Guardian
Billionaire Paul Singer’s Elliott Management has taken a ‘sizable stake’ and intends to ‘push for changes’, reports Bloomberg News
Feb 18, 2020
IRS sues Facebook for $9B, says company offshored profits to Ireland | Fox Business
The trial, which Facebook expects will take three to four weeks, could see top executives including hardware chief Andrew Bosworth and Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer called to testify.
Feb 16, 2020
Zuckerberg Says Facebook Welcomes Regulation. The Question Is: How Much? – Mother Jones
The company's lobbyists have interfered in efforts to do just that.
Feb 14, 2020
Facebook says political candidates can use paid memes - Axios
Branded content is a tricky area to define and regulate.
Feb 06, 2020
On Facebook, anti-vaxxers urged a mom not to give her son Tamiflu. He later died.
Facebook groups that routinely traffic in anti-vaccination propaganda have become a resource for people seeking out a wide variety of medical information — including about the ongoing flu season.
Feb 05, 2020
Iowa Shows How Big Tech’s Disinformation Promises Are a Big Failure – Mother Jones
Facebook and Twitter still won't crack down on falsehoods targeting American voters.
Feb 03, 2020
YouTube Will Police Political Videos More Closely | WIRED
The social media site says it will remove manipulated videos and content that promotes conspiracy theories, marking a contrast with Facebook.
Jan 30, 2020
Democrats think Facebook favors Trump too much - Vox
Progressives feel betrayed by Facebook’s pandering to Trump and Republicans.
Jan 25, 2020
Hillary Clinton: Mark Zuckerberg Is ‘Trumpian’ and ‘Authoritarian’ - The Atlantic
Facebook has traded moral accountability for commercial gain, the former secretary of state tells The Atlantic. Clinton says Zuckerberg’s reasoning is “Trumpian.”
Jan 24, 2020
Trump campaign runs hundreds of misleading Facebook ads warning of Super Bowl censorship - CNN
President Donald Trump's reelection campaign has run more than 200 misleading political advertisements on Facebook in the past day claiming the "Fake News media" will attempt to block the campaign's upcoming Super Bowl ad — despite federal regulations that require the TV spot be aired.
Bernie Sanders supporters are mass-posting on Facebook angry memes about Elizabeth Warren - The Washington Post
Supporters of Bernie Sanders are using mass-posting technologies to flood Facebook with attacks on his Democratic rivals.
Opinion | You Are Now Remotely Controlled - The New York Times
Surveillance capitalists control the science and the scientists, the secrets and the truth.
Jan 23, 2020
George Soros Accuses Facebook of Working to Help Trump Win 2020 Election
“Facebook will work to re-elect Trump and Trump will protect Facebook,” the billionaire philanthropist said in Davos, Switzerland.
Jan 16, 2020
The impeachment trial didn’t change any minds. Here’s why. - Vox
How misinformation overwhelmed our democracy
Jan 12, 2020
All the Ways Facebook Tracks You—and How to Limit It | WIRED
If you have a Facebook account—and even if you don't—the company is going to collect data about you. But you can at least control how it gets used.
Dec 02, 2019
Behind the One-Way Mirror: A Deep Dive Into the Technology of Corporate Surveillance | Electronic Frontier Foundation
It's time to shed light on the technical methods and business practices behind third-party tracking. For journalists, policy makers, and concerned consumers, this paper will demystify the fundamentals of third-party tracking, explain the scope of the problem, and suggest ways for users and legislation to fight back against the status quo.