Facebook has acknowledged that social media threaten democracy

Facebook has acknowledged that social media threaten democracy


Facebook признал, что соцсети угрожают демократии

The social network has promised to deal with fake news

Company Facebook acknowledged that the rapid growth of social networking poses a potential threat to democracy. The company promised to solve the problem.

Review the largest social network in the world was a response to criticism for the fact that Facebook failed to stop the spread of misinformation among its users during the US elections in 2016.

Samid Chakrabarti, the company’s Manager of product wrote in a blog that he was “not turning a blind eye to the harm that Internet can cause even a well-functioning democracy.”

“In 2016 we are in Facebook too slow to realize how bad players are abusing our platform,” he said. “We work hard to neutralize these risks.”

“We are determined to fight the negative impact and to ensure that our platform is the source of the democratic good,” said Katie Harbath, head of global policy Facebook and connections with the government in an accompanying statement.

Facebook, along with Google and Twitter, has faced criticism around the world for that have not made sufficient efforts in the fight against fake news, some of which are actively disseminated by Russia before the presidential elections in the United States, referendum on the UK exit from the European Union and during the elections in Europe.

The social network came to the conclusion that the Russian trolls have written about 80,000 positions over the last two years reached an audience of 126 million people in the United States.

The company Facebook has also started the process of prioritization of messages “credible” media in its news feed, including the regular posts. This will be done to combat “sensationalism” and “misinformation”. This was stated by the head of Facebook mark Zuckerberg.

Facebook – the largest social network in the world, which has more than 2 billion users, said it will use surveys to determine: how users trust the mass media. The process starts at the beginning of next week. In addition, Zuckerberg warned that the volume of news in the General flow of messages Facebook will be reduced from approximately 5% to approximately 4%.

Chakrabarti commented this decision as follows: “we do not want to be arbiters in the question of what is true and what is not, and we do not believe that this is the role that the world wants us to play.”