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Workers say Facebook was warned of 2020 election misinformation: report

Added 10-23-21 02:18:02am EST - “Facebook knew that the spread of political misinformation was flourishing on its platform ?" but the company largely failed to address concerns from employees who raised alarms.” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Workers say Facebook was warned of 2020 election misinformation: report”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Facebook knew that the spread of political misinformation was flourishing on its platform – but the company largely failed to address concerns from employees who raised alarms, a report found.

Workers flagged the rampant conspiracy theories and proliferation of QAnon-related content before the 2020 presidential election and Jan. 6 siege on the US Capitol, according to new internal documents obtained by the New York Times.

But employees’ calls to action sparked by false claims about the election results were either ignored or mishandled, the Times said.

Some of the newly published reports were obtained by Facebook product manager turned whistleblower Frances Haugen, whose disclosures have renewed concerns about the role the company played in the attack on Capitol Hill by Donald Trump supporters.

An internal probe analyzed the company’s efforts to silence Stop the Steal supporters, who backed the false claims that Trump won the election, according to the article.

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