A new external report shows that Facebook has allowed QAnon, boogaloo շատ and many armed groups to glorify violence during the 2020 election ների in the weeks leading up to the deadly US Capitol riots in January.
Avaaz, a nonprofit advocacy group that says it seeks to protect democracies from misinformation, has found a 267-page Facebook page that says it glorifies violence with 32 million users in the heat of the 2020 election.
More than two-thirds of the groups և pages had names that were consistent with several internal extremist movements. The first, the bougainvillea, contributed to the Second US Civil War, the disintegration of modern society. The second is the QAnon conspiracy, which claims that Donald Trump is waging a secret war against the “deep state” – the cult of Satanists who dominate Hollywood, big business, the media and government. The rest are various anti-government militants. All have been banned from Facebook since 2020.
But despite Avaaz calling it a “clear violation” of Facebook’s policy, it turned out that 119 of these pages և groups were still active on the platform as of March 18 and had 27 million followers.
Facebook acknowledged that its policies were “imperfect”, but said the report distorted its work against extremism and misinformation.
The company said in a statement that it had done more than any other Internet company to distort the flow of harmful material, citing a ban on “nearly 900 militarized social movements” and the removal of QAnon tens of thousands of pages, groups and accounts. It added that it was always improving its anti-misinformation efforts.
On Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Uck Uckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack E. Dorsey, and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai plan to testify in Congress about extremism and misinformation in their programs.
Facebook has tightened its rules against violence, hatred and misinformation over the past year. In October, it banned QAnon bands for the entire program. Prior to that, they would have been removed only if they had openly supported the violence. It also banned extremist “militant movements” and buggy groups with varying degrees of success.
For example, while Facebook was blocking “Stop the Steal” groups from its platform, Avaaz, like The Associated Press, found that such groups remained active on the platform after clearing the hashtag st #stopthesteal.
According to Avaaz, Facebook’s failures “helped clear America of its path to rebellion.”
According to The Presentation, the social network provided a “fertile ground” for misinformation and poisoning, which helped radicalize millions of Americans by creating the conditions in which the Capitol storm became a reality.