Facebook pins 180 million fake news

The social network has just delivered a first assessment of its management of the 2020 American elections. If 180 million publications were stamped as fake news, this did not ultimately prevent disinformation from circulating.

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The figures relating to the management of the American elections on the part of Facebook have just fallen. During the last elections, the social network had been repeatedly accused of not having been able to stem the proliferation of fake news on its platform, often leaving it to users to sort through all the posts that came in. This time, Mark Zuckerberg’s social network seems to have decided to take the lead, leading a real crusade against disinformation in the election pitting incumbent President Donald Trump against new defending champion Joe Biden.

« Too much fake news » ?

Thus, the platform has identified and explicitly labeled 180 millions de fake news since March, reports Engadget after a press release from Guy Rosen, vice-president of the integrity department of Facebook. Of these, around 265,000 were said to have ultimately been removed from its platforms (Facebook and Instagram) for breaking company rules about voter interference, for example by disseminating false information on the dates and modalities of the elections. votes. The social network also announced that it rejected 3.3 million sponsored post attempts whose purpose was actually to disseminate political messages in favor of a specific party.

If the intention seems noble, the results are not as convincing as hoped. Not only were the warning messages attached to problematic posts not really intrusive (it was usually a simple label at the bottom of the post, linking to government sites or fact-checking pages), but in addition 95% of Americans didn’t bother to click on it according to Guy Rosen. The latter declined to comment on this figure, simply stating that the purpose of these labels was to provide users with more context about the posts in question.

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