Facebook says it can’t handle election misinformation crisis alone

Speaking at Aspen Ideas Festival, Mark Zuckerberg says private companies shouldnt have final word on such decisions Mark Zuckerberg has said Facebook cannot be expected to manage the crisis around election misinformation campaigns on its own. The Facebook CEO, speaking at the Aspen Ideas Festival on Wednesday, said that while the company was focused on questions of election security and interference before the 2020 US presidential election, those are really hard questions to answer. I dont think as a society we want private companies to be the final word on making these decisions, he added. Facebook is scrambling to a potential $5bn (4bn) fine from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which opened an investigation in response to the Cambridge …

Facebook bans Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos and other far-right figures

The company has struggled to control far-right hate speech on the platform in recent years Facebook banned several prominent accounts promoting white nationalism on the platform on Thursday. Accounts barred from Facebook, as well as its subsidiary Instagram, as part of the new enforcement include the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, the far-right troll Milo Yiannopoulos and the anti-Muslim figurehead Laura Loomer. Jones was previously banned from Facebook but still had an account on Instagram, which was no longer live as of Thursday. Weve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology, a Facebook spokesperson said. The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision …