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Facebook holocaust denial ban won’t apply to other genocides, it says

Facebook holocaust denial ban won’t apply to other genocides, it says

  • Facebook on Monday announced it would ban any content that denies the existence of the Holocaust.
  • The social media company told Bloomberg this policy would not extend to other historical genocides including the Rwandan and Armenian genocides.
  • It did not clarify why denial of these genocides was still allowed on Facebook.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Facebook’s new ban on Holocaust denial won’t extend to other genocides, the company told Bloomberg on Monday.

Facebook said its ban wouldn’t extend to, for example, the Rwandan or Armenian genocides.

Roughly 800,000 ethnic Tutsi people were killed in the Rwandan genocide in 1994. In Turkey between 1914 and 1923, 1.5 million Armenians were killed by the Ottoman Empire.

Denial of the Armenian genocide is particularly rife, as the Turkish government refuses to recognize it. The US government voted last year to officially recognize the genocide, but it is in a minority of countries that do so.

Facebook did not explain its rationale to Bloomberg for why it was not extending its ban to these and other genocides, and it was not immediately available to comment when contacted by Business Insider.

In its Monday blog post explaining why it was reversing its previous policy to allow Holocaust denial on the platform, Facebook said its decision was “supported by the well-documented rise in anti-Semitism globally and the alarming level of ignorance about the Holocaust, especially among young people.”

It added that Holocaust education is “a key component in combatting anti-Semitism.”

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg had previously said that he thought Holocaust denial was abhorrent, but didn’t think it should be censored from the platform.

“I’m Jewish, and there’s a set of people who deny that the Holocaust happened. I find that deeply offensive. But at the end of the day, I don’t believe

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Facebook engagement on misleading posts has tripled since 2016.

Facebook engagement on misleading posts has tripled since 2016.

  • Engagement on Facebook posts from misleading websites has spiked by 242 percent from 3Q of 2016 to 3Q of 2020, according to a new report from German Marshall Fund Digital.
  • Only 10 outlets, which researchers labeled as “False Content Producers” or “Manipulators,” were responsible for 62% of interactions. 
  • Facebook in the past has been slammed by civil rights leaders for inadequately handling the spread of misinformation on its platform.
  • Facebook’s attempts to moderate misinformation on the platform come into focus ahead of the US presidential election. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Engagement from misleading websites on Facebook has tripled since the 2016 US presidential election.

The total number of user interactions with articles from “deceptive outlets” has increased by 242% between the third quarter of 2016 and the third quarter of 2020, according to a study published Monday by the German Marshall Fund Digital, the digital wing of the Washington, DC-based public policy think tank. 

Only 10 outlets — out of thousands — received 62% of those interactions, GMF Digital found. The researchers categorized outlets as either “False Content Producers” for sites, including The Federalist, that provide information that’s false, and “Manipulators” for sites, like Breitbart, that present claims that aren’t backed by evidence. 

The study concluded that since the third quarter of 2016, the number of articles from False Content Producers jumped by 102 percent and the number of articles from Manipulators increased by 293 percent. 

“Disinformation is infecting our democratic discourse at rates that threaten the long-term health of our democracy,” Karen Kornbluh, director of GMF Digital, said in a press release. “A handful of sites masquerading as news outlets are spreading even more outright false and manipulative information than in the period around the 2016 election.”

Earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal reported that

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Facebook Unveils #BuyBlack Friday To Support Black-owned Businesses

Facebook Unveils #BuyBlack Friday To Support Black-owned Businesses

(RTTNews) – Facebook announced #BuyBlack Friday in the US, aiming to celebrate and support small Black-owned businesses and their communities in the upcoming holiday season.

The initiative is part of a three-month long Season of Support that was launched to provide free resources, education and training to help businesses across the world.

Starting October 30, the social media giant will introduce features in the Facebook app that encourage people to create posts supporting Black-owned businesses.

In a blog post, Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, said, “Black-owned businesses have been hit especially hard by the pandemic, closing at twice the rate of other small businesses. But we know that millions of people want to help. More than 3.5 million people on Facebook in the US have joined new groups created to support Black-owned businesses since March.”

Regarding #BuyBlack Friday, the company said it will offer interested businesses a toolkit to get involved, so they can amplify #BuyBlack through their own channels.

The company is also planning a range of events and resources within Facebook’s Lift Black Voices Hub and on the Facebook App Facebook Page. They include the #BuyBlack Friday Show, which will air live every Friday from October 30 to November 27. The show will feature Black businesses, musical artists and entertainers like stand-up comedian and New York Times best-selling writer and actress, Phoebe Robinson.

Later in October, Facebook will introduce The Facebook #BuyBlack Friday Gift Guide, which will showcase products from US Black-owned businesses across categories from beauty to home to fashion.

Further, Businesses Nearby tool will help people find local businesses, including those that have chosen to self-designate as Black-owned.

Facebook will also work with the US Black Chambers, an influential network of Black entrepreneurs, to encourage people to #BuyBlack over the holidays.

Many individuals and companies are

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Facebook letting advertisers sow climate denialism: analysis

Facebook letting advertisers sow climate denialism: analysis

Facebook is allowing climate misinformation ads to proliferate despite claiming it is committed to rooting out the problem, a new report by a think tank said Thursday.

InfluenceMap used the platform’s own data to identify 51 ads denying the link between human activity and climate change that were viewed a total of eight million times over the first half of 2020.

This was despite the fact that Facebook bans false ads, and stated as recently as September that it is “committed to tackling climate change through our global operations.”

Out of the 51 ads identified, only one was removed by the social media giant while the rest were allowed to run for the entirety of their scheduled campaign.

Two ran until the end of September.

Reacting to the new report, US Senator Elizabeth Warren told the think tank: “InfluenceMap’s devastating report reinforces and reveals how Facebook lets climate deniers spread dangerous junk to millions of people.

“We have repeatedly asked Facebook to close the loopholes that allow misinformation to run rampant on its platform, but its leadership would rather make a quick buck while our planet burns, sea levels rise, and communities – disproportionately Black and Brown – suffer.”

Warren was among four Senators from the Democratic party who wrote to the platform in July asking that it “close the loopholes that let climate disinformation spread on their platforms.”

The report found that four well known conservative US groups were behind the bulk of the advertising, and received funding from donor-advised trusts that allow them to conceal the source of the income.

A total of nine advertisers identified in the report collectively spent $42,000 for the 51 ads reaching eight million views.

The disinformation was most likely to be seen by men over 55 in rural US states, with the

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Enterprise Information From Facebook, Instagram And Messenger

Enterprise Information From Facebook, Instagram And Messenger

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