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How much COVID misinformation is on Facebook? Its execs don’t want to know

How much COVID misinformation is on Facebook? Its execs don’t want to know

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For years, misinformation has flourished on Facebook. Falsehoods, misrepresentations, and outright lies posted on the site have shaped the discourse on everything from national politics to public health.

But despite their role in facilitating communications for billions of people, Facebook executives refused to commit resources to understand the extent to which COVID-19-related misinformation pervaded its platform, according to a report in The New York Times.

Early in the pandemic, a group of data scientists at Facebook met with executives to propose a project that would determine how many users saw misleading or false information about COVID. It wasn’t a small task—they estimated that the process could take up to a year or more to complete—but it would give the company a solid understanding of the extent to which misinformation spread on its platform.

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/07/facebook-willfully-ignored-its-covid-misinformation-problem-report-says/
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Warren: Trump is ‘a danger to democracy’

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a critic of Facebook and other tech giants, on Thursday called Donald Trump “a danger to democracy” and applauded a decision by Facebook’s Oversight Board to uphold the company’s ban on th…

Source: https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/552120-warren-trump-is-a-danger-to-democracy
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MyPillow CEO’s new social media site fails to launch on time with no explanation given

Conservatives who were excited to be among the first to participate on Mike “MyPillow” Lindell’s social media platform, Frank, expressed their disappointment when it failed to go live on the appointed hour.

From Newsweek:

As the hours passed and Thursday turned to Friday morning, some Telegram followers of Lindell’s verified Telegram channel were left puzzled.

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Source: https://boingboing.net/2021/04/16/mypillow-ceos-new-social-media-site-fails-to-launch-on-time-with-no-explanation-given.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mypillow-ceos-new-social-media-site-fails-to-launch-on-time-with-no-explanation-given
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‘Trump War Room’ Twitter account goes on the attack as impeachment trial kicks off

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As President Donald Trump’s second Senate impeachment trail commenced on Tuesday, the Twitter account that formerly belonged to his reelection campaign’s rapid response team posted commentary on the proceedings and criticism of congressional Democrats.

One tweet from the “Trump War Room” account issued on Tuesday afternoon targeted Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who is presiding over Trump’s trial in his capacity as president pro tempore of the Senate.

“Imagine having a ‘trial’ where the ‘judge’ had already voted to convict the defendant?” the tweet read. “That’s what happens in banana republics, third world dictatorships and now the United States Senate. SAD!”

The “Trump War Room” account is one of the last remaining Twitter accounts affiliated with Trump and his aides that is accessible on the platform.

Twitter permanently suspended the former president’s personal account last month, as well as the @TeamTrump account used by his campaign.

Source: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/02/09/trump-war-room-twitter-impeachment-467955
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Jack Dorsey breaks his silence after Trump ban

50026d60-b9e0-11e9-beff-985d9d456e24Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey made his first public statements since the company permanently banned Donald Trump from its platform. In a series of tweets, Dorsey said he believed Twitter made the correct decision, but that “a ban is a failure of ours ultim…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/twitter-jack-dorsey-donald-trump-ban-005318790.html
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YouTube suspends Trump’s account, disables comments “indefinitely”

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YouTube, following in the path of very nearly every other social media platform, is suspending President Donald Trump’s channel due to concerns that he will use it to foment additional violence in the coming days.

“After review, and in light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, we removed new content uploaded to Donald J. Trump’s channel for violating our policies,” the company said late Tuesday. “It now has its first strike and is temporarily prevented from uploading new content for a *minimum* of 7 days.”

While it is possible Trump may have his account reinstated after that period, comments to his videos are shut down “indefinitely,” due to “safety concerns found in the comments section,” YouTube added.

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/?p=1734786
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Parler Users Breached Deep Inside U.S. Capitol Building, GPS Data Shows

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At least several users of the far-right social network Parler appear to be among the hoard of rioters that managed to penetrate deep inside the U.S. Capitol building and into areas normally restricted to the public, according to GPS metadata linked to videos posted to the platform the day of insurrection in Washington.

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/parler-users-breached-deep-inside-u-s-capitol-building-1846042905
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Amazon is cutting off Parler’s servers

c4a415f0-52dd-11eb-9ade-1dae565766a2Amazon has told Parler it will suspend the company’s AWS hosting services access, according to BuzzFeed News. The news comes on the same day that Apple suspended the social media app, which supporters of President Donald Trump and far-right extremist…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/amazon-suspends-parler-aws-access-025310355.html
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Apple and Google crack down on Parler after violent threats

86380bf0-520b-11eb-b8b7-df11e86dd292Apple and Google have told the “free speech” social media app Parler that it must begin moderating its users content, following violence at the US Capitol this week. The app — a Twitter alternative popular among Donald Trump supporters and the far-ri…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/apple-threatens-parler-ban-000548898.html
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