Facebook says it’s detecting and removing 95% of hate content before anyone sees it.Facebook says it prevents 95% of hate speech from appearing
If what makes it through this process really is just 5% of what’s published to the platform, Facebook needs to be shut down in the name of societal health.
Facebook is banning all pages, groups, and accounts associated with QAnon, the company announced on Tuesday, in the most significant action taken against the mass delusion that has seeped into the highest level of American politics.
Facebook Has Banned QAnon
This is great, but Facebook’s enforcement of existing rules and bans leaves a lot to be desired so we’ll see how this actually plays out in reality.
A 100-page civil rights audit published Wednesday morning lays bare Facebook’s failings, and the auditors conclude that Facebook’s failure “to grasp the urgency” of the situation will have “direct and consequential implications“ on the U.S. presidential elections in November.
Facebook Just Failed Its First Ever Civil Rights Audit
Apparently civil rights isn’t a money-making game for Facebook.
Facebook was never going to put any weight behind this, it was just meant to do “something” to placate publishers.
Source: Six months in, Facebook News remains a question mark to publishers – Digiday
OK great, but it’s disspiriting that public health is dependent on a single company deciding when and where to step up. Also, it’s a tacit admission that ads are the only real way to share information on Facebook.
Source: Facebook is giving free ads to the World Health Organization to fight COVID-19 misinformation – The Verge
Plenty of caveats here that allow Facebook to continue doing what it wants without explanation.
Source: Facebook has banned deepfakes. Sort of. – MIT Technology Review
Instagram user growth is slowing, which means Facebook is going to double down on squeezing every possible ad unit into people’s feed in the coming year.
Source: eMarketer Instagram User Forecast Estimates Q4 2019 – eMarketer Trends, Forecasts & Statistics
Facebook certainly doesn’t act like a company in the midst of a dozen or more crisis situations.
Source: Facebook struggles to clean up its messes in privacy, misinformation and more – Axios
Seems like a questionable idea for everyone to be running their own OS.
Source: Facebook is building its own OS because it doesn’t want to rely on App