Facebook’s long and stalled battle against disinformation


Facebook faces its toughest challenge yet: a complicated election due to the pandemic, and a deeply divided nation lured by conspiracy theories and alternative versions of reality. Is it ready Here are some of the biggest steps and wrong steps I have taken in combating disinformation since 2016.

November 10, 2016: Days after President Donald Trump was elected, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called the idea that “fake news” on Facebook had affected the elections as “a very crazy idea.” Then he retracted the comment.

December 2016: Facebook says it will employ external fact-findingers to combat misinformation.

April 27, 2017: Facebook Publicly acknowledged That governments or malicious non-state actors use their social network to influence national elections, in line with US government findings of Russian interference.

October 2017: Facebook says ads linked to a Russian internet agency were viewed by an estimated 10 million people before and after the 2016 elections.

November 2017: Before congressional hearings on election interference, Facebook raises this estimate, Saying that Russian ads that divide politically could reach 126 million users.

January 4, 2018: Zuckerberg declared victory 2018 Resolution Facebook is “fixing”.

March 2018: Evidence mounting Facebook campaigns have been used To guide the UK towards Brexit.

April 2018: Zuckerberg testifies Before Congress and Apologize The company’s mistakes, as well as fake news, hate speech, lack of data privacy, and foreign interference in the 2016 elections on its platform.

May 2018: Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee More than 3,500 released Facebook ads created or promoted by a Russian internet agency before and after the 2016 elections.

July 2018: British lawmakers called for more censorship of Facebook and other platforms.

July 2018: After Facebook warned of a sharp spike in expenses due to enhanced security and more middlemen being hired, its share price suffers the worst drop in its history. Its shares do not recover until January 2020.

September 5, 2018: Facebook and Twitter executives pledge to Congress Defense against foreign interference.

October 2018: Facebook invites the press to tour a newly created site A “war room” by Combating election-related disinformation in what is largely seen as a PR step.

October – November 2018: Ahead of the 2018 US midterm elections, Facebook Removes hundreds of accountsPages and groups of suspicious links to foreign interference in elections.

February 18, 2019: At Prof. The stinging report, British lawmakers are calling for a mandatory code of conduct and independent monitors for social media platforms, and specifically calling for Facebook for artistic design that appears to “hide knowledge and responsibility for specific decisions.”

May 2019: Facebook Refuses to be removed A video was manipulated to show House Speaker Nancy Pelosi inspiring her words. The modified clip has been shared millions of times.

October 2019: Facebook It unveils a new safety Systems designed to prevent foreign interference in elections.

November 2019: Facebook opens a new “war room” for disinformation Before the UK elections.

May-June 2020: Facebook Refuses to remove Trump posts Which indicates the possibility of shooting at the protesters in Minneapolis. Zuckerberg He defends his decision In a post on Facebook. Facebook is also refusing to take action on two Trump posts spreading false information about the vote in the mail. Some Facebook employees quit in protest.

June 2020: Facebook says it will add labels to all voting-related posts that direct users to reliable information from state and local election officials. This includes the president’s participation.

July 8, 2020: Semi-Independent Civil Rights Audit Criticizes “Facebook’s disruptive and heartbreaking decisions” regarding civil rights and disinformation about the election, including Trump’s tweets about the mail vote.

August 2020: After years of laissez-faire, Facebook restricts QAnon’s conspiracy movement, but doesn’t ban it entirely.

September 3, 2020: Facebook Curb political ads, Though only for seven days before the US election.

October 6, 2020: Facebook Banned All groups That support QAnon.

October 7, 2020: Facebook More restrictions on political adsRead more rankings of candidates’ publications announcing victory prematurely or objecting to the official results, and prohibiting the use of “military language” in connection with calls to monitor the poll.

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