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PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2021 7:45 am    Post subject: Facebook covers-up russia interference for Trump Reply with quote

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/facebook-staffers-were-told-by-execs-to-scrap-any-mention-of-russia-in-a-2017-white-paper-on-the-platform-s-security-concerns-we-started-to-feel-like-we-were-part-of-a-cover-up/ar-AAM7ANf


Facebook staffers were told by execs to scrap any mention of Russia in a 2017 white paper on the platform's security concerns: 'We started to feel like we were part of a cover-up'


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Facebook's 2017 white paper initially mentioned Russian election interference, a new book says.
Executives told staff to remove all mention of Russia from the white paper, "An Ugly Truth" says.
Management thought it would have been "politically unwise" to include Russia, according to the book.
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Early drafts of a 2017 Facebook white paper on security concerns included mentions about Russia's role before company executives decided it was "politically unwise" and told them to remove it, a new book says.


The first draft of the white paper from Facebook's then-chief security officer, Alex Stamos, and his team had "an entire section devoted to activity by state-backed Russian hackers," according to an advance copy of An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook's Battle for Domination that Insider reviewed.

The book's authors write that the draft contained "concrete examples from the 2016 presidential elections that demonstrated how Russia had used the platform to spread hacked documents." When Facebook executives, including then-Vice President of Communications and Public Policy Elliot Schrage viewed the draft, they told Stamos and his team to cut out this section, according to the book.

"They didn't want to stick their heads out," a person involved in the discussions told the book's authors, who note that management thought it would have been "politically unwise to be the first tech company to confirm what U.S. intelligence agencies had discovered."

Stamos went back to the drawing board on the Russia section, taking out details and cutting mention of the 2016 presidential election, according to the book.

The revised draft was seen by Schrage, then-general counsel Colin Stretch, and Vice President of Global Public Policy Joel Kaplan, and they said Stamos and his team should remove all mention of Russia, the book says.

"The goal of the white paper was to share our findings in a straightforward manner, which is why there was broad agreement with the security team's recommendation to refer to the Intelligence Community Assessment and not name any specific nations," Facebook told Insider in a statement.

Members of the company's security team were "surprised and angered" by the change, the book says.

"There was a sense that Stamos could have gone and knocked down walls to get the word out on what Russia had done," a member of Facebook's security team told the book's authors. "We started to feel like we were part of a cover-up at Facebook."

Management's reasoning fell in line with CEO Mark Zuckerberg's early mantra, "company over country," according to the book.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2021 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

facebook covers up for Bannon's Breitbart too.

https://businessinsider.mx/facebook-files-breitbart-news-tab-employee-objections-2021-10/?r=US&IR=T


Facebook chose to keep Breitbart on News Tab and gave it special treatment – even after employees warned of its embellished and hyper-partisan coverage of events like the George Floyd protests


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"Get Breitbart out of News Tab."

Facebook didn't heed this message, which an employee posted on the company's racial-justice chat board in June 2020 following video of a Black man, George Floyd, being killed by a police officer, according to internal documents from a whistleblower provided to the Wall Street Journal.

After Floyd's murder, massive Black Lives Matter protests swept the country with millions of people calling for attention to issues of racial justice and excessive force by police. But, the social media giant chose to keep problematic content about the protests from Right-wing outlet Breitbart – popular with former President Donald Trump's supporters – on its News Tab, despite objections for its employees, the Journal reports. The News Tab aggregates and promotes articles on its platform from various outlets, and is curated specifically by Facebook.

The anonymous Facebook employee posted screenshots of the Breitbart headlines, like "Minneapolis Mayhem: Riots in Masks," and "Massive Looting, Building in Flames, Bonfires!" in the message board reviewed by the Wall Street Journal. The employee went on to write these were examples of a "concerted effort at Breitbart and similarly hyper-partisan sources (none of which belong in News Tab) to paint Black Americans and Black-led movements in a very negative way," according to documents seen by the Wall Street Journal.

The allegations against Facebook are the latest in the Wall Street Journal's "Facebook Files."

Earlier this month, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen said that though CEO Mark Zuckerberg "never set out to make a hateful platform," the company has not adequately addressed hate on the platform and makes decisions in its own interests rather than that of the public.

Facebook has repeatedly pushed back against the accusations leveled in the Facebook Files that it turns a blind eye to hate and misinformation and has allowed illegal conduct, including drug deals, human trafficking and cartel activity, to go unchecked.

"To suggest we encourage bad content and do nothing is just not true," Director of of Policy Communications Lena Pietsch previously told Insider.

The George Floyd message seen by the Wall Street Journal also revealed that a Facebook researcher said any steps to remove Breitbart content from the platform could face obstacles internally due to potential political blowback. A Facebook spokeswoman told the Wall Street Journal that the company makes judgment calls based on the content published on Facebook, not Breitbart as a whole, and that this specific content met Facebook's requirements for rules against misinformation and hate speech.

A representative from Facebook has not yet responded to Insider's request for comment.

Another whistleblower also came forward earlier this week saying that Facebook's Public Policy team defended "whitelisting"Breitbart, to avoid a fight with Trump Republicans and Steve Bannon. Facebook has also repeatedly exempted the Trump's family and its allies from its misinformation rules to avoid being seen as biased against conservatives.

The company announced in March that it would stop promoting certain Facebook groups that peddle misinformation and hate to users' feeds – part of Facebook's decision in January to stop recommending civic and political groups to US users.

Besides this latest "Facebook Files" entry, the company is expected to face more knock back when on Monday, 17 news organizations, including the Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, NBC News, and Bloomberg are expected to drop their own Facebook-related coverage, the "Facebook Papers."

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2021 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

facebook covers up for lying ultra right wing group.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/10/26/2060318/-Zuckerberg-Personally-Signed-Off-On-False-Anti-Abortion-Ad-On-Facebook-To-Mollify-Republicans?pm_source=story_sidebar&pm_medium=web&pm_campaign=recommended


Zuckerberg Personally Signed Off On False Anti-Abortion Ad On Facebook To Mollify Republicans.


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Among the documents, known collectively as the Facebook Papers, is an internal memo alleging Zuckerberg was directly involved in a 2019 decision to reinstate a video that falsely claimed abortions were "never medically necessary," according to documents reviewed by the Financial Times.

The inaccurate post was originally removed by a Facebook moderator, leading to backlash from Republican figureheads, the report said.

Facebook's decision to put the post back up was one of several examples cited by employees who claimed executives intervened in misinformation removal "when they see that they could harm powerful political actors," according to the Financial Times…

Facebook initially attached the doctors' fact-check onto the video and restricted the page's distribution, prompting Rose to accuse it of censorship, Insider's Isobel Hamilton previously reported.

Four Republican senators, including Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, wrote to Zuckerberg in response, arguing that the doctors who wrote the fact-check were not impartial, therefore violating the code of conduct established by the International Fact-Checking Network.

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