Wall Street Journal: Facebook’s Internal Chat Boards Show Politics Often at Center of Decision Making

Wall Street Journal: Facebook’s Internal Chat Boards Show Politics Often at Center of Decision Making. “Many Republicans, from Mr. Trump down, say Facebook discriminates against conservatives. The documents reviewed by the Journal didn’t render a verdict on whether bias influences its decisions overall. They do show that employees and their bosses have hotly debated whether and how to restrain right-wing publishers, with more-senior employees often providing a check on agitation from the rank and file. The documents viewed by the Journal, which don’t capture all of the employee messaging, didn’t mention equivalent debates over left-wing publications. Other documents also reveal that Facebook’s management team has been so intently focused on avoiding charges of bias that it regularly places political considerations at the center of its decision making.”

China: The patriotic ‘ziganwu’ bloggers who attack the West (BBC)

BBC: China: The patriotic ‘ziganwu’ bloggers who attack the West. “Guyanmuchan is among a new crop of bloggers known as the ‘ziganwu’, whose rise in fame on Chinese social media has been inextricably linked with the ascendancy of Chinese nationalism. Their name refers to the infamous ‘wumao’ army of trolls who are paid to spread state propaganda – but the difference is that the ‘ziganwu’ do it for free.”

Washington Post: A couple died of covid, leaving five children behind. A relative says people called their deaths ‘fake news.’

Washington Post: A couple died of covid, leaving five children behind. A relative says people called their deaths ‘fake news.’. “In September, a California man said he wished he and his wife had been vaccinated after their unborn child died as the mother lay hospitalized on a ventilator. That same month, an Illinois woman died soon after missing her scheduled wedding day because she was hospitalized with covid. And around the same time, a Southern California couple died two weeks apart, leaving behind five children. Social media platforms have struggled to control the flow of misinformation, which has ranged from the promotion of unproven therapies to questioning vaccine safety and the coronavirus’s existence.”

Media Matters: Instagram’s suggestion algorithm is promoting accounts that share misinformation

Media Matters: Instagram’s suggestion algorithm is promoting accounts that share misinformation. “A Media Matters analysis found that Instagram’s ‘similar account suggestions’ feature, a drop-down widget that appears on users’ profiles and suggests accounts to follow, reliably shepherds users who show an interest in anti-vaccine misinformation and other harmful content (some of which the platform claims to ban) toward similar types of content.”

Poynter: WHO database is not proof that COVID-19 vaccines are harmful

Poynter: WHO database is not proof that COVID-19 vaccines are harmful. “Anti-vaccination groups and COVID-19 skeptics typically use the data from databases like the WHO’s as proof that the vaccines are harmful to people, according to The New York Times. In many cases, the unconfirmed reports are misinterpreted by the groups as fact. PolitiFact has checked similar claims that used the United States’ Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System and the European Union’s EudraVigilance database as evidence of the danger of COVID-19 vaccines.”

Mashable: 8 TikTok accounts to follow if you’re tired of COVID misinformation

Mashable: 8 TikTok accounts to follow if you’re tired of COVID misinformation. “TikTok: an app for music, memes, and medically-accurate vaccine information Increasingly, medical professionals are using the app to share myth-busting information about things like the COVID-19 vaccine, rates of infection, and COVID treatments, all through succinct, engaging videos that will hopefully reach the people who need them. At the very least, they offer a link for other viewers to send to their more stubborn friends and relatives.” Thoroughly annotated with everybody’s bona fides.

The Guardian: Group that spread false Covid claims doubled Facebook interactions in six months

The Guardian: Group that spread false Covid claims doubled Facebook interactions in six months. “An international pressure group that spread false and conspiratorial claims about Covid-19 more than doubled the average number of interactions it got on Facebook in the first six months of 2021 in spite of renewed efforts to curb misinformation on the platform, according to a report.”

Washington Post: Meet the doctors’ group spreading covid conspiracy theories in plain sight on Facebook

Washington Post: Meet the doctors’ group spreading covid conspiracy theories in plain sight on Facebook. “A group of health-care professionals known for spreading conspiracy theories about covid-19 has largely avoided restrictions on Facebook, where its members have reached millions of users with their messages of coronavirus denialism and vaccine skepticism, according to a new report shared exclusively with The Technology 202.”

The Guardian: Facebook’s policing of vitriol is even more lackluster outside the US, critics say

The Guardian: Facebook’s policing of vitriol is even more lackluster outside the US, critics say. “On a cloudy evening in Nairobi, Berhan Taye is scrolling through a spreadsheet in which she has helped document more than 140 Facebook posts from Ethiopia that contain hate speech. There are videos of child abuse, texts of hate speech against different ethnic groups, and hours-long live streams inciting hatred. These posts breach Facebook community guidelines in any context. Yet for Taye and her colleagues, this is what Facebook’s news feed has looked like for years in Ethiopia.”

Mother Jones: Utah Protesters Claim Hospitals Are Killing People Who Have COVID

Mother Jones: Utah Protesters Claim Hospitals Are Killing People Who Have COVID. “Greg Johnson is standing on the corner of State Street in suburban Salt Lake City, Utah, holding a neatly stenciled sign that says, ‘COVID-19 Protocols Killed My Uncle.’ Behind him looms the Intermountain Medical Center, the largest hospital in the region. Johnson is one of about 30 people who’ve come to protest Saturday because they believe that the hospital is murdering people with the coronavirus by putting them on ventilators, injecting them with the anti-viral Remdesivir, and refusing to give them intravenous vitamin C or the deworming drug Ivermectin.”

Reuters: Fourteen U.S. attorneys general press Facebook on vaccine disinformation

Reuters: Fourteen U.S. attorneys general press Facebook on vaccine disinformation. “The attorneys general of 14 U.S. states sent a letter to Facebook Inc FB.O Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg asking if the top disseminators of vaccine disinformation on the platform received special treatment from the company. The line of inquiry was generated after Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen used internal documents to disclose that the social media platform has built a system that exempts high-profile users from some or all of its rules.”