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Facebook Knows That Labeling Trump's Election Lies Hasn't Stopped His Posts From Going Viral

Facebook Knows That Labeling Trump’s Election Lies Hasn’t Stopped His Posts From Going Viral

Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Staff (Getty Images) Facebook’s attempt to slow the spread of President Trump’s misinformation and outright lies by affixing warning labels to the content has done little to stop the posts from going viral—and the platform is apparently well aware. Advertisement According to internal conversations reviewed by Buzzfeed News, data scientists in …

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‘Unbiased’ Social Media Platform Parler Is Unsurprisingly Found to Be Backed by Conservative Megadonor

‘Unbiased’ Social Media Platform Parler Is Unsurprisingly Found to Be Backed by Conservative Megadonor

Parler, which describes itself as an “unbiased” social media platform, has experienced a surge of growth following the U.S. presidential election.Photo: Olivier Douliery / AFP (Getty Images) Parler, the social media network that describes itself as the “world’s premier free speech platform,” which is apparently another way to say a space for misinformation and conspiracy …

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GoFundMe Takes Down Campaign That Raised More Than $200,000 to Look for Imaginary Voter Fraud

GoFundMe Takes Down Campaign That Raised More Than $200,000 to Look for Imaginary Voter Fraud

Election workers count Fulton County ballots at the State Farm Arena on November 4, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.Photo: Jessica McGowan (Getty Images) Tech companies of all shapes and sizes are apparently taking note of what happens when you let rampant misinformation, or conspiracy theories, flourish on your platform and don’t do anything about it. This …

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Twitter Blocks Controversial Trump Tweet By Limiting Likes and Retweets

Twitter Blocks Controversial Trump Tweet By Limiting Likes and Retweets

Photo: Getty (Getty Images) With just hours to go until the 2020 general election gets underway, Twitter has slapped a “disputed” label on one of President Donald Trump’s tweets, limiting users’ abilities to interact with content the platform has deemed “misleading about an election or other civic process.” Advertisement In the censored tweet, Trump makes …

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Facebook Skirted Its Own Misinformation Policies to Avoid Penalizing Conservatives, Trump Family

Facebook Skirted Its Own Misinformation Policies to Avoid Penalizing Conservatives, Trump Family

Photo: Olivier Douliery (Getty Images) In trying to avoid accusations of anti-conservative bias, Facebook has reportedly been bending the rules for high-profile Republicans. Sources told the Washington Post that Facebook has held off on punishing President Donald Trump’s family members and other conservative groups and personalities who repeatedly violate its rules against misinformation, even removing strikes …

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Facebook Ads Are Giving Climate Deniers a Lifeline

Facebook Ads Are Giving Climate Deniers a Lifeline

Photo: Win McNamee (Getty Images) Facebook is no stranger to climate misinformation. Just last month, the platform became a key player in spreading flat-out hoaxes surrounding the wildfires raging across the West Coast to an audience of tens of thousands, taking them down only after public outrage. And last year when activists pointed out that …

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Right-Wing Content Flourishes on Facebook Because Fearmongering Has Always Worked, Exec Says

Right-Wing Content Flourishes on Facebook Because Fearmongering Has Always Worked, Exec Says

Photo: Olivier Doulier (Getty Images) Even though right-wing elites repeatedly tout claims of conservative bias on Facebook and other online platforms, in reality, the bulk of data shows the opposite to be true. Per a weekend Politico report, as we near the 2020 presidential election, some of the most engaging posts on Facebook come from …

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