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A recently fired Facebook data scientist wrote a lengthy memo detailing the tech giant’s failures to stop election interference in countries around the world, per a Buzzfeed report.
The employee, whose job was to find “inauthentic activity,” wrote that the company was slow to take action against fake accounts used to manipulate political outcomes in nations like India, Ukraine, Bolivia, and many more.
Instead, Sophie Zhang wrote Facebook prioritized its public image in choosing which fake networks to investigate, even if the “disproportionate impact” of real-world problems would go ignored.
The report is the latest example of Facebook’s long-standing struggle to stop the spread of misinformation and election interference and to prioritize content moderation on its platform.
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A recently fired Facebook employee wrote a memo on her last day at the company detailing how the tech giant routinely ignored or did not prioritize efforts to manipulate elections and political climates around the world, according to a Monday Buzzfeed report.The 6,600-word memo was written by Sophie Zhang, a data scientist whose job while at the company was to identify fake accounts used to manipulate political outcomes. The mid-level employee said she was tasked …
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