The US presidential election is over: despite the votes cast, although the transition period has been delayed, it has begun.

But on Facebook, the struggle against election misinformation continued due to “super spreaders” (spreading rumors and fabricated remarks), erroneously spreading the idea that the 2020 election is plagued by organized and widespread Democratic fraud.

The American non-profit organization Avaaz has specifically identified 25 pages, including Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, the president’s son, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, and aggressive conservative comments Members Dan Bongino, Lou Dobbs and Rush Limbaugh, and pro-Trump organizations such as Turning Point in the United States.

These are the questions that were planted earlier this month that President-elect Biden won the White House. He took the lead from the current residents of the building, who also took social media Twitter, he would not “concession” and outlined his unfounded claims so far away. It was “stolen”.

A study by Avaaz shows that since November 3, unconfirmed allegations of fraud from these accounts have been “liked” and shared more than 77 million times.

Moreover, this does not take into account the Facebook account of Donald Trump, the leader of the “super communicator,” nor the account of his former adviser Steve Bannon’s Steve Bannon. Recently deleted by this network.

The social media giant has stepped up efforts to prevent the spread of false information.

It restricts and in some cases prohibits the publication of some political advertisements, emphasizes reliable sources of information, and responds to foreign manipulation activities.

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Go viral
Thanks to these measures and others, Facebook was able to avoid the repetition of the 2016 presidential campaign, when organized rumor propaganda penetrated the early Internet of Trump’s election.

However, these efforts are not enough to stop the spread of rumors.

Avaaz campaign director Fadi Quran said: “With the help of the Facebook algorithm, the super communicators on this list are critical to creating this kind of disinformation, which is now defining the political debate among millions of people across the country.”

Avaaz said private Facebook groups have also contributed to the widespread dissemination of misinformation.

These groups, usually composed of Trump supporters, or people who also believe in what Trump calls “stolen” votes, broke out after the election. Avaaz reported that these groups may be difficult to monitor and management.

Facebook suspended an organization called #StopTheSteal on November 5, which attracted about 350,000 members in 48 hours.

“The rumors about election fraud continue as they pass through these networks. As a result, there are fewer and fewer accounts…more and more people continue to push this statement to a climax,” said Claire Wardler, the US Director of Election (Claire Wardle) said. First draft of NGOs.

Fact check
AFP cooperates with Facebook’s fact-checking program, using 9 languages ​​in nearly 30 countries/regions. Approximately 60 media outlets around the world participate in the program.

Content rated as “fake” by fact-checkers is demoted in the news feed, so few people see it.

If someone tries to share a post that is found to be misleading or wrong, Facebook will provide them with fact-verified articles.

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But according to the US publication The Information, Facebook has been widely criticized, including some employees, for its reluctance to take a stricter stance.

According to an article published on Tuesday, the website compiled a list in 2018 of 1,12,000 government and political candidate accounts that should be exempted from verification, but said it is not clear whether the list is still valid. Facebook Its existence has not been confirmed.

According to the “Information” report, this situation led to internal protests in the summer of 2019, when employees called for the termination of the Facebook policy, which exempted politicians from the fact-checking program.

They point out that an internal study shows that if the wrong information comes from a politician, users are more likely to believe the wrong information.

But Facebook said that the findings of this study actually supported their approach and helped them devise ways to convene politicians who shared fact-checked links or posts.

This method allows warnings to appear in a video shared by Trump showing that election workers in Los Angeles are collecting votes, but the president said it indicated they had stolen the envelope, explaining that the post was “lack of context” and “in another The place checked the same information” released by an independent fact checker. ”

Facebook spokesperson Joe Osborne said: “We think it’s inappropriate to prevent politicians’ speech from being censored by the public.”

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