In a memo shared with other employees before leaving, a former Facebook employee said that a complex network of thousands of actors tried to increase February’s influence in Delhi by using false preferences, thereby affecting February’s Delhi election. Facebook did not disclose the news publicly, but the former employee wrote a 6,600-word memo about how the social network was used for political purposes worldwide. The memorandum also pointed out how Facebook failed to take action to restrict the use of fake accounts, thereby affecting public opinion in India and many other countries in the world.
Former Facebook data scientist Sophie Zhang (Sophie Zhang) said in the memo: “In the three years of working at Facebook, I found that foreign governments have repeatedly attempted to abuse our platform on a large scale in order to mislead their citizens.” According to BuzzFeed .
Zhang also emphasized that she found evidence of “coordinated campaigns of different sizes” on social media networks, which affected political candidates or election results. In addition, she pointed out that the company often ignored or dullly acted on evidence surrounding global political manipulation.
A Facebook spokesperson said in a statement emailed to Advertisement Shout that it carefully invested in every issue, including those raised by Zhang, before taking action or exiting and publicly declaring as a company. However, the statement did not provide any clear explanations, especially regarding the alleged attempt to influence the Delhi election.
“We have established a dedicated team to work with leading experts to prevent bad actors from abusing our system, thereby eliminating more than 100 networks to coordinate untrue behavior. These teams are fully responsible, which is a high level of participation Work. Opposing coordination of untrue behavior is our top priority, but we are also addressing spam and false engagement issues.”
In a response from Ryan Mac, one of the BuzzFeed journalists who responded to the news, Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president of integrity Tweet What Zhang described is a “fake” and we usually delete it using automatic detection. Like any team in industry or government, we prioritize stopping the most urgent and harmful threats on a global scale. False likes are not one of them. “But, just as technology and politics researcher Nayantara Ranganathan has written numerous articles about Facebook, Point out In response to Rosen’s response on Twitter, the “number of likes” in a post usually determines visibility and goes viral. [and] A signal of information legitimacy. “
According to Zhang’s LinkedIn profile, she started working with the Facebook Site Integrity fake engagement team in January 2018 and left the company early this month. She pointed out in the memo that within just six months of working at Facebook, she discovered that the company’s coordination was untrue, BuzzFeed reported.
Zhang’s memo was released when Facebook faced Indian scrutiny. In August, the Wall Street Journal reported that Ankhi Das, the company’s senior executive, opposed the application of the company’s hate speech rules to people and pages related to the country’s ruling party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Facebook employees also questioned how the company regulates political content in the country. The country is the largest market in the United States, larger than the United States, with more than 328 million users. Soon after the Wall Street Journal reported, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad (Ravi Shankar Prasad) claimed that Facebook was biased against BJP.
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