Avaaz: Facebook continues to fail at flagging false and misleading posts about U.S. elections

Facebook continues to fail to spot and flag false and misleading posts about elections, according to a new report published by Avaaz. The U.S.-based nonprofit found in an analysis of a cross-section of Georgia-related election misinformation on Facebook that 60% of detected false and misleading posts reached thousands of voters without fact check labels.

The report comes as investigations suggest that Facebook is failing to stem the spread of misinformation, disinformation, and hate speech on its platform. In January, Seattle University associate professor Caitlin Carlson published results from an experiment in which she and a colleague collected more than 300 posts that appeared to violate Facebook’s hate speech rules. (Only about half of the posts were ultimately removed.) Separately, according to The Washington Post and others, allies of President Donald Trump have received few penalties under Facebook’s rules. Former employees told the publication that Trump-aligned accounts have been protected against

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Oracle supercomputer AI glitch impacts elections in Brazil

Technical problems in the artificial intelligence (AI) component of a supercomputer set-up provided by Oracle prompted delays in the processing of votes during the first round of municipal elections in Brazil last weekend, the Superior Electoral Court (TSE, in the Portuguese acronym), has said.

In 2020, for the first time, the TSE centralized countrywide totalization of votes on a supercomputer using database platforms with artificial intelligence technology provided by Oracle. Previously, each of the 27 regional electoral courts across all the Brazilian states counted the votes and forwarded them over to the TSE.

The problems in the equipment during the elections on Sunday (15) meant the process of vote processing suffered a delay of nearly three hours. Brazil is one of the only countries in the world where the voting process is entirely electronic. The system that includes an estate of about 455,000 voting machines enables results to be processed

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Opinion | Facebook and Twitter Can’t Fix Our Elections

The blockbuster earnings reinforce tech leaders’ belief that their products bring far more good to the world than bad. Their critics — journalists, activists, politicians — are being unfair, they contend. How could social media be all that terrible if so many people are willing to participate in it, and so many advertisers willing to pay for it?

“We compete hard. We compete fairly. We try to be the best,” Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and chief executive, told the House Judiciary’s antitrust subcommittee this summer.

A similar attitude colors the social media giants’ relationship with Washington. Tech companies are a more visible presence in the capital than ever before, having assembled formidable lobbying operations to stave off regulation or shape it to their liking. In that way, they are similar to any other big and powerful company. Because of their enormous revenue, they are able to outspend nearly all the

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