Soros group slams Facebook, calling it ‘active in promoting’ hate and misinformation

Saturday, 17 Nov, 2018

Zuckerberg also announced that Facebook's capability of detecting hate speech of any type has been improved, as a response to frequent accusations the company receives for not doing enough to stop hateful and risky speech.

It also chose Thursday to publish its latest note from Mark Zuckerberg about some of the "toughest issues" Facebook is addressing. Actions taken included removing content, putting warnings before it's shown, disabling accounts, and contacting law enforcement.

Lanier was also asked to comment on whether he believes Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections using Facebook had an impact on votes.

Also on CNBC, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer (who oversees a pension program holding 4.5M FB shares) agreed about the chairman's role going to someone other than Zuck: "They're two different responsibilities". Like all internet platforms, it enjoys unusual protection from laws governing traditional publishers.

Facebook's relationship with Definers has been reported previously by Politico and Axios, which seem to have been better informed about Facebook than the company's CEO.

"Facebook executives will always put their massive profits ahead of the interests of their customers", he said.

If implemented as well as Facebook claims it will, this could indeed be considered as a huge change.

Zuckerberg announced a bevy of related initiatives, such as Facebook's yet-to-unfold plan for stopping the spread of sensational and provocative content that doesn't technically violate its terms.

The findings were spelled out Thursday in Facebook's second semiannual report on enforcing community standards.

"She learned about this the same time I did", Zuckerberg said on the call.

Content controversésUne "court of appeal" independent committee will make decisions in case of disputes concerning content on Facebook. And this has been true regardless of where the policies are drawn. While there's a lot of interesting bits in the piece, one portion that received some extra, justified hyperventilation was the revelation of Facebook's use of smear merchants. The Russian interference of the 2016 Presidential Election in the USA drew a lot of heat.

When asked whether this was evidence that he does not have sufficient control over the company, Zuckerberg said that it is natural to lack some knowledge of operations in a company with tens of thousands of employees.

The company ordered blog posts about election interference to be "less specific". In March of this year, it became known that the data analysis company Cambridge Analytica acquired the data of 87 million Facebook users illegally, and thus tried to influence USA voters.

Soros has criticised Facebook's approach to hate speech and propaganda on its global platform.

Why arrogant? Because time after time, Facebook has promised to reform itself and assured us greater technological advancement will solve the problem, even as it deepens. But its image wasn't this bad in its earlier years. What Mark Zuckerberg was saying is "we're just a platform", but quite clearly if these companies are also reacting as corporations against people attacking them, then we have a conflict of interest here.

"When you have setbacks like we've had this year, that's a big issue, and it does erode trust, and it takes time to build that back". "Our job is to keep the misuse low, consistently improve over time, and stay ahead of new threats". Facebook has faced a litany of issues over the past year, ranging from the misinformation leading to genocide in Myanmar, fake news and conspiracies in USA politics, Russian meddling in elections and more.