With only three days left before the 2020 presidential election, Facebook Inc. temporarily stopped a feature that recommends political groups to its users.
With only three days left before the 2020 presidential election, Facebook Inc. temporarily stopped a feature that recommends political groups to its users. On social media, the giant confirmed the change on Friday, and on Wednesday in a Senate hearing, company chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said the move to “stop recommendations in groups for political content or social emission groups” was implemented as a “precautionary measure.”
ZUKERBERG “DOES NOT KNOW” THAT THE OFFICIAL FAIRNESS OF THE FACEBOOK’S ELECTIONS WORKS FOR BIDEN.
Two weeks ago, Zuckerberg reassured employees that Facebook would impose less restrictive content rules following a controversial competition.
Both the company and its competitors stepped up their content moderation after US intelligence officials said the platforms were being used by Russian agents using disinformation to influence voters and stir up their emotions prior to President Trump’s surprise victory in 2016.
Facebook’s action on algorithmic group recommendations was taken at the urging of watchdog organizations, which complained that such groups were being used as vessels for spreading misinformation and session discord.
In May, Facebook decided to ignore the results of its own internal investigation into the company’s use of algorithms, noting that they “exploit the tendency of the human brain to split.”
At the same time, the social media giant and other big tech companies have come under close scrutiny from legislators on broader issues.
Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are wondering if companies have become monopolies. Democrats also said that social media platforms are doing too little to prevent the spread of misinformation and incitement to hatred, while Republicans accuse them of censoring conservative views.
Last week, the Justice Department filed a landmark lawsuit against search engine giant Google over antitrust complaints, sparking speculation that lawsuits could follow against other companies.