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Facebook removes misinformation, but only on a technicality
2018-10-12T10:00:01Z - Casey Newton / The Verge
Others were ad farms using Facebook to mislead people into thinking that they were forums for legitimate political debate. But their pages weren’t purged for posting misinformation: they were purged for violating Facebook’s policies around “inauthentic behavior,” which can include using fake accounts to administer pages. If there’s less misinformation on Facebook tomorrow than there was yesterday, it’s essentially due to a technicality. If the administrators of these hyper-partisan pages would simply stop creating fake accounts, misinformation might thrive on Facebook as never before. Though the classes are focused on using public data from governments, some students scraped social media data, a Social Data Hub representative said.

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