Facebook’s internal documents, of businessman Mark Zuckerberg, indicate that political content is the main source of disinformation and fake news in the company’s operations in Brazil, according to the perception of social network users themselves.
247 Internal documents from Facebook indicated that political content is the main source of disinformation in Brazil, as perceived by users of the social network. Seven countries were included in the survey: Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, India, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Percentage terms referring to civil disinformation, the number has reached 60% in Brazil. In the US it was just over 30%, for example. In India, one of the largest markets for Facebook products in the world, the proportion was 46%. Only Colombia (66%) has a higher percentage than Brazil. Statistics posted by O Estado de S. Paulo . newspaper.
Mark Zuckerberg’s company conducted a study in order to identify the main categories of material responsible for spreading “civil disinformation,” a term the company uses to refer to fake news about politics and democracy. The revelation was revealed in the “Facebook Papers,” a trove of company documents that were leaked to an international consortium of media, including Estadão, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The New York Times and Le Monde.
The shares were disclosed to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the regulatory body for listed companies in the United States. The information was also sent to the US Congress in an edited form by the legal advisor to Francis Hogan, a former Facebook employee responsible for collecting internal surveys on the social network after he resigned in May this year for violating the company’s positions.
According to the survey, the second largest brand in terms of civil disinformation in Brazil is articles on websites, at around 59%. Then came the categories of jokes (42%), advertising (32%), fake accounts (25%), fraud (23%) and spam (20%).
All percentages were calculated according to the responses of the Brazilian participants, whose total application users of the company amounted to 5 thousand users. The share of those participants who have already replied about Facebook is not shown.
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Facebook if pronounce
Regarding the perception of Brazilians, Facebook stated that “the results of this survey do not measure the prevalence or amount of a particular type of content on our services.”
“The survey shows people’s perceptions of the content they see on our platforms. These perceptions are important, but they depend on a number of factors, including cultural context. Identification and removal of more offensive content,” he said.
“The central premise in these stories is wrong. Yes, we are a company and we make a profit. But the idea that we profit at the expense of people’s well-being and safety does not understand where our own business interests lie,” he added.
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