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Avaaz’s study looked at 100 posts in six different languages deemed misinformation by third-party fact-checkers, content that garnered 117 million views and more than 1.7 million shares. The report called the small sample “the tip of the iceberg.”
In a statement, a Facebook spokesperson said Avaaz’s sample was “not representative of the community on Facebook and their findings don’t reflect the work we’ve done.”
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Avaaz’s report also found that Facebook could be slow to act on posts containing misinformation, which could then give the e posts time to go viral. Facebook sometimes took days or weeks to issue warning labels, the report said, and issued them unequally across languages, favoring English-language posts.
Fadi Quran, the anti-disinformation campaign director at Avaaz, said he is encouraged by the steps announced Thursday and said the efforts show how far the company has come in the past five years.
“It was important for Facebook to be honest about the seriousness at this moment, to realize people’s lives could be at risk, and to send retroactive alerts to users who may have encountered misinformation,” Quran said.
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