Fake News Festering on Facebook

Cartoon by Alex Bowman

We wrote earlier this week that despite public pressure, and the threat of Congressional oversight, Facebook has continued to allow false information about climate change and other social issues to spread unchecked. (Newsletters Popular Information and HEATED co-reported on the specific exemptions that have enabled fake news to permeate on Facebook)

All this comes as a growing group of companies has boycotted the social media platform by vowing to pull their advertising dollars until Facebook addresses the glaring problems of hate speech.

And while rival platform Twitter has taken some steps to flag misleading content, Facebook had not had an adequate response to propaganda and hate speech being posted by its users. Twitter’s steps have been minimal but they’ve been enough to prevent it from being the object of public ire.

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