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Blog post# 43

Internal Alarm, Public Shrugs: Facebook’s Employees Dissect Its Election Role *

-Company documents show that the social network’s employees repeatedly raised red flags about the spread of misinformation and conspiracies before and after the contested November vote.

-Sixteen months before last November’s presidential election, a researcher at Facebook described an alarming development. She was getting content about the conspiracy theory QAnon within a week of opening an experimental account, she wrote in an internal report.

Four days after that, a company data scientist wrote in a note to his co-workers that 10 percent of all U.S. views of political material — a startlingly high figure — were of posts that alleged the vote was fraudulent.

In each case, Facebook’s employees sounded an alarm about misinformation and inflammatory content on the platform and urged action — but the company failed or struggled to address the issues. The internal dispatches were among a set of Facebook documents obtained by The New York Times that give new insight into what happened inside the social network before and after the November election, when the company was caught flat-footed as users weaponized its platform to spread lies about the vote.

My 2 cents opinion:
(The influential social media platform does not seem to care about its impact on democracy, caring more about its paying customers and controversial misinformation.) (La influyente plataforma de redes sociales no parece preocuparse por su impacto en la democracia, se preocupa más por sus clientes que pagan y la información errónea controvertida.)

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