Xorte logo

News Markets Groups

USA | Europe | Asia | World| Stocks | Commodities

Add a new RSS channel



2021-10-24 00:14:47| Engadget

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen's leaks suggest its problems with extremism are particularly dire in some areas. Documents Haugen provided to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and other outlets suggest Facebook is aware it fostered severe misinformation and violence in India. The social network apparently didn't have nearly enough resources to deal with the spread of harmful material in the populous country, and didn't respond with enough action when tensions flared.A case study from early 2021 indicated that much of the harmful content from groups like Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Bajrang Dal wasn't flagged on Facebook or WhatsApp due to the lack of technical know-how needed to spot content written in Bengali and Hindi. At the same time, Facebook reportedly declined to mark the RSS for removal due to "political sensitivities," and Bajrang Dal (linked to Prime Minister Modi's party) hadn't been touched despite an internal Facebook call to take down its material. The company had a white list for politicians exempt from fact-checking.Facebook was struggling to fight hate speech as recently as five months ago, according to the leaked data. And like an earlier test in the US, the research showed just how quickly Facebook's recommendation engine suggested toxic content. A dummy account following Facebook's recommendations for three weeks was subjected to a "near constant barrage" of divisive nationalism, misinformation and violence.As with earlier scoops, Facebook said the leaks didn't tell the whole story. Spokesman Andy Stone argued the data was incomplete and didn't account for third-party fact checkers used heavily outside the US. He added that Facebook had invested heavily in hate speech detection technology in languages like Bengali and Hindi, and that the company was continuing to improve that tech.The social media firm followed this by posting a lengthier defense of its practices. It argued that it had an "industry-leading process" for reviewing and prioritizing countries with a high risk of violence every six months. It noted that teams considered long-term issues and history alongside current events and dependence on its apps. The company added it was engaging with local communities, improving technology and continuously "refining" policies.The response didn't directly address some of the concerns, however. India is Facebook's largest individual market, with 340 million people using its services, but 87 percent of Facebook's misinformation budget is focused on the US. Even with third-party fact checkers at work, that suggests India isn't getting a proportionate amount of attention. Facebook also didn't follow up on worries it was tip-toeing around certain people and groups beyond a previous statement that it enforced its policies without consideration for position or association. In other words, it's not clear Facebook's problems with misinformation and violence will improve in the near future.

Tags in problems india violence

Category: Marketing and Advertising


Latest from this category

03.12'Pokémon Go' can now run on iOS at higher frame rates
03.12The Morning After: Tesla begins selling Cyberquads for kids
03.12Someone is hacking receipt printers with 'antiwork' messages
03.12Facebook allowed ads that promoted anti-vaccine messages
03.12Nintendo is adding the original 'Paper Mario' to the Switch Online Expansion Pack
03.12Google delays its workers' return to office yet again
03.12This Video Of Nevada Highway Patrol Seizing This Guy's Life Savings Is A Perfect Distillation Of Everything Wrong With America's Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws
03.12Scientists describe a tiny, molten metal exoplanet in unprecedented detail
Marketing and Advertising »

All news

03.12United States: U.S. Reintroduces COVID Travel Restrictions - Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd.
03.12United States: OCC Advises Banks To Carefully Evaluate Venture Capital Fund Investments - Arnold & Porter
03.12United States: As States Seek To Expand Online Sports Betting, Federal District Court Invalidates Florida-Seminole Compact Permitting Sports Wagering Throughout Florida - WilmerHale
03.12United States: A Split Develops: Can Artificial Intelligence Invent Stuff? - Haug Partners
03.12Japan: Japan Closes Border In Response To Omicron Variant - Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd.
03.12Canada: Multiple Lives For TRREB'S Multiple Listing Service: Claim For Copyright Infringement Survives Motion To Strike On Appeal - Bereskin & Parr LLP
03.12United States: Xryem: Pharmaceutical Settlement Acceleration Clause Found Anticompetitive Due To Risk Of "Profit Crushing Competition" - Haug Partners
03.12United States: California Passes Another Bill Addressing COVID-19 Reporting - Freeman Mathis & Gary
More »
Privacy policy . Copyright . Contact form .