Facebook stays high goal for disinformation, examine says


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Governments and political events proceed to make use of Facebook to unfold disinformation.

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When it involves disinformation, Facebook is the No. 1 platform for governments and political events in search of to govern public opinion, in keeping with a report out Thursday from the University of Oxford.

The report, titled, “The Global Disinformation Order 2019: Global Inventory of Organised Social Media Manipulation,” appears at traits in how governments and political events all over the world use social media.

One cause that Facebook tops the record, the report says, is its sheer dimension. In addition, common folks use Facebook to get information, join with family and friends, and create pages and teams — all of which might play a task in spreading disinformation

Facebook stated it continues to combat manipulation on its platform.

“We’ve developed smarter tools, greater transparency, and stronger partnerships to better identify emerging threats, stop bad actors, and reduce the spread of misinformation on Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp,” a Facebook spokesperson stated. “We also know that this work is never finished and we can’t do this alone. That’s why we are working with policymakers, academics, and outside experts to make sure we continue to improve.”

The report’s findings embrace an total spike within the variety of nations working social media manipulation campaigns. That quantity is 70 now, up from 28 in 2017. The report additionally discovered that authoritarian regimes in 26 nations are utilizing social media to “to suppress fundamental human rights, discredit political opponents, and drown out dissenting opinions.”

Originally revealed Sept. 26 at 7:18 a.m. PT.
Update, 9:12 a.m. PT: Adds remark from Facebook spokesperson.

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