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7 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Facebook hit by ‘tsunami’ of bogus political news

AFP, San Francisco
Facebook hit by ‘tsunami’ of bogus political news

A “tsunami” of political disinformation is pounding Facebook users with the US presidential election still a year away, online activist network Avaaz said in a report released yesterday. An analysis by the NGO of the top 100 bogus news stories about US politics that went viral on Facebook in the 10 months ending October 31 showed that politically tinged false news got more than 158 million views.

That number of views was enough to reach every US voter at least once if evenly spread across the electorate, according to Avaaz, whose areas of activism include human rights and climate change. “These findings can only be seen as the tip of the iceberg of disinformation ahead of the US 2020 elections,” Avaaz said in the report. Avaaz only looked at stories that were fact-checked and debunked by reputable fact-checking organizations.

The NGO called for further analysis of misinformation spreading on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp to expose “what lies below the surface of this tidal wave approaching the horizon of the US 2020 elections.”

Avaaz called for Facebook and all other social media platforms to implement a “Correct the Record” process in which independent fact-checkers make sure users exposed to false information are notified and offered corrections. “The 2020 elections are at risk,” said Avaaz campaign director Fadi Quran.

 

 

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