Facebook Live Spread Election Conspiracies And Russian State-Controlled Content


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Facebook Live, the social network’s livestreaming product, has recommended that thousands watch hyperpartisan content during and following Election Day. It has also pushed live videos of conspiracy theories and Russian state-sponsored content.

Less than 24 hours before one of the most contentious US presidential elections in recent history, a Facebook employee tried to flag an election conspiracy theory that was spreading on the social network.

A video titled “LEFT PLANS COUP / REVOLUTION NOV 3RD 2020?” had amassed 2,500 concurrent viewers on Facebook Live and was at the time the second recommended result on the platform’s live video product. The employee wanted to know why.

“The 2nd result in Watch Live is a non verified page pushing election conspiracy theories”

“The 2nd result in Watch Live is a non verified page pushing election conspiracy theories,” the Facebook worker wrote. “Why do we allow non verified live videos

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