In the quest to keep users “safe and informed,” the social media platform Facebook takes pride in letting it be known that they have deleted “12 million pieces of content about COVID-19 and vaccines.”
That’s according to Facebook’s Vice President of Integrity Guy Rosen, who cited the statistic in an opinion piece published by Morning Consult. He also said that between October and December 2020, they “disabled more than 1.3 billion” fake accounts.
“Since the pandemic began, we’ve used our AI systems to take down material related to COVID-19 that global health experts have flagged as misinformation and then detect copies when someone tries to share them,” Rosen wrote. “As a result, we’ve removed more than 12 million pieces of content about COVID-19 and vaccines.”
The op-ed acknowledging the use of artificial intelligence coming ahead of the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing this week on how technology platforms are dealing with misinformation online.
He explained that Facebook has “built a global network of more than 80 independent fact-checkers, who review content in more than 60 languages,” and that the company employs 35,000 people dedicated to the task of censoring content that’s deemed to be “misinformation.”
“When they rate something as false, we reduce its distribution so fewer people see it and add a warning label with more information for anyone who sees it,” he said. “We know that when a warning screen is placed on a post, 95% of the time people don’t click to view it.”
“For the most serious kinds of misinformation, such as false claims about COVID-19 and vaccines and content that is intended to suppress voting,” Rosen added, “we will remove the content.”
For the novice, it’s difficult to understand just how much control Facebook has over content and who eventually sees it. By suppressing distribution, the platform has the ability to significantly reduce traffic to various websites — which can make or break many websites.
Stories that don’t meet the approved standard are regularly squashed and this can be seen in real-time with analytic tools.
The problem that comes into play is many, if not all of the “fact-checkers” employed by Big Tech lean to the left. Significantly. It takes little for pro-Trump conservatives to be tagged as white supremacists and domestic terrorists.
Media Research Center noted that double standard at play here.
“Facebook has allowed Chinese Communist Party (CCP) propaganda to flourish on its platform, while seemingly not missing a beat when it comes to censoring what it calls ‘misinformation’ from right-leaning sources,” the site reported. “Meanwhile, the CCP prohibits its own citizens from using the platform.”
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