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Facebook Removed References To Russia From Fake-News Report (arstechnica.com) 54

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Back in April, Facebook published a report called "Information Operations and Facebook" that detailed the company's efforts to combat fake news and other misinformation campaigns on the site. The report was released in the midst of an uproar over potential Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign. But the report doesn't mention Russia by name, saying only that Facebook's data "does not contradict" a January report by the Obama administration detailing Russian meddling in the election. On Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported that the decision not to mention Russia was hotly debated inside Facebook. An earlier draft of the report discussed what Facebook knew at that time about Russian meddling, but that material was ultimately removed from the report before publication. "Some at Facebook pushed to not include a mention of Russia in the report because the company's understanding of Russian activity was too speculative, according to one of the people," according to the Journal.
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Facebook Removed References To Russia From Fake-News Report

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  • by Snotnose ( 212196 ) on Friday October 06, 2017 @07:43PM (#55325141)
    You are the problem. You are not part of the problem, your demographic is the problem.

    If you get most of your news from Facebook you need to shut the fuck up, because you are the uninformed idiot the rest of us laugh at.
    • If you get most of your news from Facebook you need to shut the fuck up, because you are the uninformed idiot the rest of us laugh at.

      I get most of my news from Slashdot, you insensitive clod!

    • by PJ6 ( 1151747 )

      You are the problem. You are not part of the problem, your demographic is the problem. If you get most of your news from Facebook you need to shut the fuck up, because you are the uninformed idiot the rest of us laugh at.

      Oh for christ's sake get a grip. Facebook doesn't make news, it shows it from other sources. Back when I used it, I subscribed to a few news organizations like NPR. Seeing summaries of their stuff in my news feed, and browsing their stories on their Facebook page, didn't change the content of what I read at all. It's no different than now, only I don't see all the retarded trollolololo comments any more so I'm not provoked into yelling at people... like I'm doing right now.

  • by PopeRatzo ( 965947 ) on Friday October 06, 2017 @08:17PM (#55325263) Journal

    In Soviet Russia, references remove you.

  • by RedK ( 112790 ) on Saturday October 07, 2017 @01:40AM (#55326227)

    because the company's understanding of Russian activity was too speculative

    Good on them to value fact based reporting! Those people should be congratulated and promoted.

    We need less narrative pushing and more fact based analysis. The whole "Russia!" scare the MSM and Democrats are pushing is really embarassing at this point and is only serving to distract officials from conducting actual government and intelligence work, while they continue on this wild goose chase, or witch hunt, or whatever you want to call it.

    • Re: (Score:1, Troll)

      by BlueStrat ( 756137 )

      The whole "Russia!" scare the MSM and Democrats are pushing is really embarassing at this point and is only serving to distract officials from conducting actual government and intelligence work, while they continue on this wild goose chase, or witch hunt, or whatever you want to call it.

      How about 'wild-goose-riding-witch hunt'?

      Agreed. Sadly, the US Left seems determined to jump that Russian shark at the nation's expense.

      Strat

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Great, now we know Facebook helped trump win the election by social engineering at the Russians request. It's OK, Americans have been doing it for since the beginning of time and will continue to influence elections of our allies and enemies in the future.

      We have learned that Facebook and all social media platforms need to follow the same laws in campaign promotion that newspaper, magazine and TV have had for decades. The people have a right to know who paid for all campaign adverts whether is is a forei

    • Not to worry; the MSM and Democrats have moved on from the Russia witch hunt and are now putting all of their efforts into igniting a race war.

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