Thursday, August 06, 2020

Twitter And Facebook Helping Conservative Accounts Spread Misinformation While Targeting Fact-Checkers

Twitter allows Donald Trump to spread false and dangerous misinformation about the pandemic (which could lead to the unnecessary deaths of children), but it suspends the accounts of people fact-checking and alerting people to Trump's lies and information.
Buzzfeed reports:
[A] senior engineer [at Facebook] collected internal evidence that showed FB was giving preferential treatment to prominent conservative accounts to help them remove fact-checks from their content. The company responded by removing his post and restricting internal access to the information he cited. On Wednesday the engineer was fired, according to internal posts seen by BuzzFeed News.
Media Matters reported last month how Facebook repeatedly caves to bogus right-wing pressure.

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