Tag: misinformation

Zuckerberg defends Facebook’s policy to let politicians lie

Facebook has long been accused of being instrumental to the spread of misinformation around the globe and being weaponized to shape the outcome of elections. In a speech to Georgetown University on Thursday (Oct 17), Mark Zuckerberg addressed the issue by arguing for the right...

YouTube takes down 210 accounts for “inauthentic and coordinated” behaviour

Following similar decisions by Twitter and Facebook, Google announced on Thursday (Aug 22) that YouTube has suspended more than 200 channels that are revealed to be behaving in a coordinated and inauthentic manner. In a blog post, Google explained that they "disabled 210 channels on...

Netizens urge YouTube to ban Chinese media sponsored ads spreading misinformation about Hong Kong protesters

Several users on Twitter and Reddit posted screenshots of YouTube advertisements spreading misinformation about Hong Kong protesters. https://twitter.com/tktrololo/status/1164103606833799169 https://twitter.com/jgriffiths/status/1159796353884536832 https://twitter.com/Lam14218656/status/1163804276734353408 One such post showed a screenshot of a YouTube advertisement from China Central Television (CCTV), a state-owned media channel. The Chinese advertisements show support for Hong Kong police...

Facebook takedown in Myanmar – cracking down on hate speech posts and pages linked to the military

On Wednesday, December 19, Facebook took down a combined number of more than 500 pages, groups and accounts in Myanmar that were perpetuating misinformation and hate speech, calling it "coordinated inauthentic behaviour". After recently receiving criticism because of inability to control and censor posts that promote...