In recent months, Facebook has come under fire for not work against hate speech and misinformation on your networks, whose consequences have been the withdrawal of advertising from large brands, such as Disney, within the social network. But beyond that, the company chaired by Mark Zuckerberg faces other murky accusations linked to the manipulation of elections and other political processes that have led precisely to the happy disinformation.
Sophie Zhang, a former Facebook data engineer, published an internal report of approximately 6,600 pages exposing the political manipulation that Facebook has used to benefit or discredit the world’s governments in their political campaigns.
«During the three years I spent on Facebook, I found multiple and obvious attempts by national governments to abuse our platform on a large scale to deceive their own citizens, generating news of international impact on multiple occasions ”.
The BuzzFeed News website has been commissioned to publish part of the content of the report where it exposes various revelations involving countries such as Honduras, Spain, Ukraine, Bolivia, Ecuador and Azerbaijan. In general, Sophie Zhang points out that Facebook was looking for drivesr or to damage candidates and political elections, as well as creating a series of false accounts (bots) to positively or negatively alter the image of governments and political parties. Specifically, the report indicates that in Spain Sophie Zhang had the task of eliminating about 672,000 accounts false statements that manipulated information related to COVID-19 and the Ministry of Health.
On the other hand, the former employee of the social network was aware of the consequences of her actions and expressed the following:
«Personally, I made decisions that affected national presidents without supervision, and I took action to enforce the law against so many prominent politicians globally that I have lost count… I have made countless decisions in this regard, from Iraq to Indonesia, from Italy to El Salvador. Individually, the impact was probably small in each case, but the world is a huge place. Although I made the best decision I could based on the knowledge available at the time, it was ultimately I who made the decision not to push harder or prioritize more in each case, and I know I already have blood on my hands«.
The response from Facebook has arrived and through a statement (via Engadget) they expressed their commitment to combat misinformation.
“We have created specialized teams, working with leading experts, to prevent bad actors from abusing our systems, resulting in the removal of more than 100 networks for coordinated inauthentic behavior. It’s a very complicated job that these teams do as their full-time assignment. Working against coordinated inauthentic behavior is our priority, but we are also tackling the issues of spam and false engagement. We thoroughly research each issue, including those raised by Ms. Zhang, before taking action or going out and publicly making statements as a company.
Back in October 2019, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, Oscar winner in the category of Best Adapted Screenplay by Red Social (2010), ranted against Mark Zuckerberg and disagreed with the Facebook platform, which allows candidates to politicians publish political propaganda riddled with lies, using freedom of expression.
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