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Facebook to amplify combat against “information operations” on the platform

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Facebook to amplify combat against “information operations” on the platform

In a paper titled “Information Operations and Facebook” and published last week, the company acknowledged that Facebook accounts had been used as part of a larger effort to disseminate misinformation in order to affect political conversations, Ars Technica reported.

Although Facebook maintains that such operations had only a small reach compared to content around political issues in general, company recognises that its platform could be used to “mislead people or otherwise promote inauthentic communications”. The paper gives some detail on how the company is addressing the issue, including:

  • Continually studying and monitoring the efforts of those who try to negatively manipulate civic discourse on Facebook;
  • Innovating in the areas of account access and account integrity, including identifying fake accounts and expanding our security and privacy settings and options;
  • Participating in multi-stakeholder efforts to notify and educate at-risk people of the ways they can best keep their information safe;
  • Supporting civil society programs around media literacy

In other Facebook-related news, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the company would be adding 3,000 employees to it’s existing “community operations team”, on top of the existing 4,500, in an effort to identify and remove disturbing content, specifically videos of users harming themselves or others.   

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Teemu Henriksson

Date

2017-05-04 12:21

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