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Former Facebook data scientist Sophie Zhang detailed multiple examples of the company’s failures to effectively deal with political misinformation around the world in a blistering memo obtained by BuzzFeed News.

One of Zhang’s many revelations: the scale of inauthentic activity surrounding the 2018 US elections was greater than Facebook had previously disclosed.

“We ended up removing 10.5 million fake reactions and fans from high-profile politicians in Brazil and the U.S. in the 2018 elections – major politicians of all persuasions in Brazil, and a number of lower-level politicians in the United States,” she wrote in the memo, according to BuzzFeed News.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the memo or the extent of inauthentic behavior during the 2018 US elections.

Zhang, who for nearly three years helped Facebook detect and deal with things like “fake engagement” and “bots influencing elections,” according to her LinkedIn profile, revealed a pattern of Facebook not having enough resources to deal with the scope of misinformation on the site and, as a result, focusing on certain parts of the world and types of content.

“There was so much violating behavior worldwide that it was left to my personal assessment …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Technology


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