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Facebook flooded with far-right disinformation prior to EU elections, report warns


Added 05-22-19 02:35:02pm EST - “Facebook has removed dozens of pages caught spreading far-right disinformation ahead of elections this week in the European Union, activists reported Wednesday.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Facebook flooded with far-right disinformation prior to EU elections, report warns”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Facebook has removed dozens of pages caught spreading far-right disinformation ahead of elections this week in the European Union, activists reported Wednesday.

An investigation undertaken by Avaaz, a U.S.-based activist group, found 550 suspicious Facebook pages and groups and 328 profiles responsible for sharing far-right disinformation geared toward audiences in Germany, France, the UK, Spain, Poland and Italy, according to their report.

“What we’ve seen is like a vast usage of fake accounts and a vast usage of misleading tactics,” Christoph Schott, a campaign director at Avaaz, told Germany’s Der Spiegel. “So it’s more disinformation tactics that are being used to pretend that a specific issue which is often very hateful or very racist or anti-migrant is more popular than it actually is.”

Facebook removed 77 of the pages and groups and 230 of the profiles after being presented with the findings, albeit not before the content in question was viewed upwards of more than 500 million times in the three months preceding this week’s parliamentary elections, the report said.

The pages were followed by a combined 5.9 million Facebook users prior to being purged, or nearly triple the 2 million users that follow Europea’s largest far-right and anti-EU parties, it said.

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