ProPublica: After a Year of Investigation, the Border Patrol Has Little to Say About Agents’ Misogynistic and Racist Facebook Group

ProPublica: After a Year of Investigation, the Border Patrol Has Little to Say About Agents’ Misogynistic and Racist Facebook Group. “The Border Patrol vowed a full accounting after ProPublica revealed hateful posts in the private Facebook group. Now congressional investigators say the agency is blocking them and revealing little about its internal investigation.”

The Next Web: A scientific analysis of the Facebook group where millennials pretend to be Boomers

The Next Web: A scientific analysis of the Facebook group where millennials pretend to be Boomers . “Created last year, this closed group has over 84,000 members that post memes and statuses pretending to be Boomers. Getting admission into this group isn’t a challenge, all you have to do is confirm you’re not a ‘party pooper,’ create your very own Boomer name (I went with Keith), and add the amount of cats you have — for Keith, that’s eight.”

WalesOnline: Facebook group showing how to inject fillers taken down after woman needed treatment

WalesOnline: Facebook group showing how to inject fillers taken down after woman needed treatment. “A Facebook group which showed people how to inject themselves with fillers and Botox has been removed after a woman required emergency treatment. The private group, called Natural Kaos Tribe, had videos of people injecting themselves and links to other sites where you can buy Botox, filler and needles, PA reports.”

The Atlantic: Facebook’s Pandemic Feuds Are Getting Ugly

The Atlantic: Facebook’s Pandemic Feuds Are Getting Ugly. “The pandemic has opened up a new front in the American culture wars. There have been protests against masks and lockdowns in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, and several other states. In North Carolina, Facebook has served as a highly visible hub for both sides. Reopen NC has sparked more than 30 smaller, county-specific groups that started sharing its videos of mask burnings in the spring and have echoed its complaints about government ‘tyranny’ all summer. It also has a number of antagonists, who bristle at the group’s flagrant disregard for public health and have spent the last several months becoming more and more embittered—often referring to those who don’t take the pandemic seriously as ‘plague rats.'”

Mother Jones: Inside the Facebook Group Where Doctors Process Their Immense Coronavirus Grief

Mother Jones: Inside the Facebook Group Where Doctors Process Their Immense Coronavirus Grief. “As she sat on her couch in her house, alone, sick with COVID-19, an unwelcome series of thoughts crept into Erica Bial’s mind. If I die here, she wondered, who would ever notice? How long would the neighbor’s cat take to find me? Bial, a neurosurgeon living in Massachusetts, works at Lahey Hospitals northwest of Boston. She was two weeks into her self-imposed isolation with the disease, when it took a turn for the worse on her 45th birthday. ‘I had been—I thought—getting better,’ she said.”

AP: Facebook groups pivot to attacks on Black Lives Matter

AP: Facebook groups pivot to attacks on Black Lives Matter. “A loose network of Facebook groups that took root across the country in April to organize protests over coronavirus stay-at-home orders has become a hub of misinformation and conspiracy theories that have pivoted to a variety of new targets. Their latest: Black Lives Matter and the nationwide protests of racial injustice.”

The Stage: More than 9,000 join new Facebook group to combat racism in drama schools

The Stage: More than 9,000 join new Facebook group to combat racism in drama schools. “A new group has been set up to provide a safe space for drama school students and graduates to share their experiences of racism. Called Unity – Drama Schools Standing Up Against Racism, the Facebook group already has more than 9,000 members.”

CNN: Some Facebook groups created to protest lockdowns are now hotbeds for misinformation

CNN: Some Facebook groups created to protest lockdowns are now hotbeds for misinformation. “Earlier this spring, as some Americans increasingly tired of stay-at-home orders during the pandemic, groups began cropping up on Facebook demanding that state officials reopen the economy. Some of these groups, which researchers say total in the hundreds on Facebook, echoed rhetoric by President Donald Trump and quickly gained a massive following, in some cases adding thousands of members a day. But even after all 50 states have moved to reopen their economies in recent weeks, engagement within these Facebook groups remains high. Now, instead of focusing on calls to end the lockdowns, many of these groups are increasingly becoming hotbeds of conspiracy theories and misinformation for other issues, according to researchers who track their activities.”

Wired: Facebook Groups Are Destroying America

Wired: Facebook Groups Are Destroying America. “A few months ago, during the 2020 Super Bowl, Facebook ran an ad lauding the power of groups to bring people together. The 60-second spot was called ‘Ready to Rock?’ But unless Facebook stops bad actors from taking advantage of the community that groups provide, perhaps we should be ready for an earthquake.”

CNET: Private Facebook groups are using ‘Justice for George Floyd’ as a cloak for racist behavior

CNET: Private Facebook groups are using ‘Justice for George Floyd’ as a cloak for racist behavior . “On the surface, this group could be dismissed as a den of racists to troll others. And while it’s nearly impossible to know its true motives, experts believe using a major news event to entice members could represent something more insidious — it could be an effort to indoctrinate and radicalize people who have sympathetic views, but who wouldn’t necessarily seek out racist groups. And at least one expert who’s tracked these types of groups believe there are many more out there.”

Mashable: Facebook releases tips for group mods on how to be more inclusive

Mashable: Facebook releases tips for group mods on how to be more inclusive. “Facebook has been heavily criticized for how it handles racism, both on the platform and within company walls. Perhaps in an effort to course correct, the company released the blog post Navigating Your Community Through Race and Social Issues on Friday with tips for group moderators. (Zuckerberg also released an open letter where he said black lives matter).”

Mashable: Facebook role play groups offer a mundane escape from the pandemic

Mashable: Facebook role play groups offer a mundane escape from the pandemic. “The pandemic has devastated the American economy; as of Thursday, a staggering 38.6 million Americans filed for unemployment in just nine weeks. Essential workers are putting their lives on the line to keep society running, and many nonessential workers who did keep their jobs are working from home. With stay-at-home orders for some states are being extended well into the summer, everyone is struggling to adjust to the new reality. But in ‘A group where we all pretend to work at the same office,’ thousands of employees are still clocking in. ”

New York Times: How the ‘Plandemic’ Movie and Its Falsehoods Spread Widely Online

New York Times: How the ‘Plandemic’ Movie and Its Falsehoods Spread Widely Online. “Just over a week after ‘Plandemic’ was released, it had been viewed more than eight million times on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and had generated countless other posts. The New York Times focused on the video’s spread on Facebook using data from CrowdTangle, a tool to analyze interactions across the social network. (YouTube and Twitter do not make their data as readily available.) The ascent of ‘Plandemic’ was largely powered by Facebook groups and pages that shared the YouTube link.”

KCTV: ‘Shop Kansas Farms’ Facebook group creates virtual farmer’s market for entire state

KCTV: ‘Shop Kansas Farms’ Facebook group creates virtual farmer’s market for entire state. ” A new Facebook group has created a virtual farmer’s market for the entire state of Kansas. More than 120,000 people have joined Shop Kansas Farms in about three weeks. Trips to a supermarket can be frustrating right now, so this is an alternative to make sure the fridge is stocked and money stays local. Shop Kansas Farms has more than just meat and dairy products. You can find seeds, freshly baked bread, herbs and honey.”

NPR: Russian Speakers Imitate Art In A Time Of Coronavirus Confinement On Facebook

NPR: Russian Speakers Imitate Art In A Time Of Coronavirus Confinement On Facebook. “Called Izoizolyacia — roughly meaning ‘Art Isolation’ — the Facebook group says it’s for people with “limited movement and unlimited fantasy.” It invites members to re-create masterworks but with one important restriction of its own: Use only what you have at home. In little over a month, the community has grown to more than a half-million members. Using household items, food, raided wardrobes and a familiar Russian-inflected sense of irony, members have produced dizzyingly creative remakes of everything from European masterpieces to Soviet agitprop and coronavirus-influenced memes.”