The announcement came as the tech executive expressed concerns about how Facebook could be used to manipulate the election in a public post. Zuckerberg said he was “worried that with our nation so divided and election results potentially taking days or even weeks to be finalized, there could be an increased risk of civil unrest across the country.”
Zuckerberg warned Facebook employees and users that the upcoming election would not be “business as usual,” since more voters than ever before are projected be voting by mail amid the coronavirus pandemic and ballots will continue to be counted well after election night likely delaying final results.
Facebook ignored or was slow to act on evidence that fake accounts on its platform have been undermining elections and political affairs around the world, according to an explosive memo sent by a recently fired Facebook employee and obtained by BuzzFeed News.
The 6,600-word memo, written by former Facebook data scientist Sophie Zhang, is filled with concrete examples of heads of government and political parties in Azerbaijan and Honduras using fake accounts or misrepresenting themselves to sway public opinion. In countries including India, Ukraine, Spain, Brazil, Bolivia, and Ecuador, she found evidence of coordinated campaigns of varying sizes to boost or hinder political candidates or outcomes, though she did not always conclude who was behind them.
finally good news in 2020
Facebook has suspended the accounts of several environmental organizations less than a week after launching an initiative it said would counter a tide of misinformation over climate science on the platform.
Groups such as Greenpeace USA, Climate Hawks Vote and Rainforest Action Network were among those blocked from posting or sending messages on Facebook over the weekend. Activists say hundreds of other individual accounts linked to indigenous, climate and social justice groups were also suspended for an alleged “intellectual property rights violation”.
The suspended people and groups were all involved in a Facebook event from May last year that targeted KKR & Co, a US investment firm that is backing the Coastal GasLink pipeline, a 670km-long gas development being built in northern British Columbia, Canada.
From your summary, I rather doubt that any campaign strategist will be wasting time on that movie, and neither, I think, will anyone who's been keeping up on the Cambridge Analytica saga over the last few years.So lets say you're a campaign strategist and you watch this, because you're some old well connected, yet out of touch boomer who has to interface with ad tech people. As soon as the film is over you're gonna get on the phone and tell them to increase your presence on facebook, immediately, before the cut off for political ads hits, and come up with contingencies to bypass the political ad cut offs. Facebook is POWER, and you want it now!
I'm familiar with that situation, and I think CA's threat is way overblown. The conversion rates in 2015 were garbage. It's hard to imagine a bit of illicit data moving the needle on the conversion rates enough to matter. If it was that powerful, Facebook would be selling it, not suing over it. Even today, social media ads are garbage for anything involving swaying large percentages of the population to vote in an election. You can do better investing in grass roots campaigning, IMHO. Both the Hillary campaign and the remainers seem to have completely forgotten how to canvass. Well, I'm not in the UK, so what I know of the remainers is second hand, but I know Hillary couldn't canvas. I don't think we have had a serious democratic party grass roots push in America since Obama in 2008.From your summary, I rather doubt that any campaign strategist will be wasting time on that movie, and neither, I think, will anyone who's been keeping up on the Cambridge Analytica saga over the last few years.
Cambridge Analytica was 2015, and Brexit was really a proof of concept for their work (under a different name) for the US elections the following year, so heaven knows where they are at now with their digital machinations.
Speaking to Congress today, the former Facebook manager first tasked with making the company make money did not mince words about his role. He told lawmakers that the company "took a page from Big Tobacco's playbook, working to make our offering addictive at the outset" and arguing that his former employer has been hugely detrimental to society.
Tim Kendall, who served as director of monetization for Facebook from 2006 through 2010, spoke to Congress today as part of a House Commerce subcommittee hearing examining how social media platforms contribute to the mainstreaming of extremist and radicalizing content.
"The social media services that I and others have built over the past 15 years have served to tear people apart with alarming speed and intensity," Kendall said in his opening testimony (PDF). "At the very least, we have eroded our collective understanding—at worst, I fear we are pushing ourselves to the brink of a civil war."
just occured to me - can this be linked to FB recently withdrawing the Occulus from the German market because cartel laws smacked their dirty little fingers and now they have a similar ouchie as WalMart had back in their days?
When researchers at the Network Contagion Research Institute began mapping the spread of anti-government “boogaloo” rhetoric on the platform in early 2020, the co-founder Joel Finkelstein said, Facebook began offering up advertisements for purchases relevant to their interest in a coming civil war.
“It started sending us ads for the boogaloo. Buy a boogaloo bag. Get a boogaloo AK-47 inscription on your gun,” Finkelstein said. “That was shocking.”
“We realized the algorithms of Facebook have never met an apocalyptic, militant cult set on killing cops that they didn’t like, and couldn’t merchandise.”