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Facebook Just Patted Itself On The Back For Cleaning Up Their Own Mess

Facebook Just Patted Itself On The Back For Cleaning Up Their Own Mess

Hussain Saeed
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Swaying the US Election, the crackdown against Rohingya Muslims, Cambridge Analytica are just a few of the controversies Facebook is embroiled in.

Facebook unveiled on Thursday that many of its most popular and controversial accounts, linked to the far-right, have been shut down by the company. This comes as a step to take the critique Facebook has been dealt in the past few years. Many have accused Facebook of operating without understanding how the information they take from clients is being used and manipulated. This has brought up huge privacy concerns with regards to social media. Furthermore, social media is being credited with the spread of fake news and discrimination, all disguised under the banner of free speech.

Facebook has been facing a lot of heat lately ever since the 2016 elections in the United States.

The first controversy started when many suspected that the Russians used Facebook algorithm to sway the 2016 US election. By using bots or trolls to spread fake news, the Russians are being accused of helping create doubt about Hilary Clinton to get Donald Trump elected. The situation was so bad, Mark Zuckerberg was summoned to speak under oath in an very public investigation.

Then came the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which customer data was taken from accounts without their permission to target ads to the individuals. This interfered with the BREXIT vote; allowing for tailored made ads to be sent to people through mining their data, without their knowledge.

They did all of this through a quiz.

Then during the Rohingya crisis in Myanmmar, Facebook was again accused of allowing for a system that helped the military crackdown and spread propaganda.

These type of scandals have given Facebook a bad reputation over the past few years.

The problem isn’t that Facebook abetted these problems, but that Facebook didn’t understand their system enough to know the ways to manipulate it. New studies have shown that social media has been a major factor in the rise of anti-vaxxers and flat-earthers i.e fake news.

It is only now that these tech giants are taking notice of the impact their companies might have on the world, and it may be too little too late.

This is not the first time social media has taken stands against offensive and dangerous content. Just last month, acocunts linked to the Pakistani and Indian authorities were taken down for misleading the public.

Only time will tell if this tech giants actually do enough for the safety of its people

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