How Facebook’s dodgy algorithm leads new users to fake news, violence
Facebook’s content problems abroad may be even worse than in the US, according to damning report
In February 2019, Facebook set up a test account in India to determine how its own algorithms affect what people see in one of its fastest growing and most important overseas markets. The results stunned the company’s own staff.
Within three weeks, the new user’s feed turned into a maelstrom of fake news and incendiary images. There were graphic photos of beheadings, doctored images of India air strikes against Pakistan and jingoistic scenes of violence. One group for “things that make you laugh” included fake news of 300 terrorists who died in a bombing in Pakistan.
“I’ve seen more images of dead people in the past three weeks than I’ve seen in my entire life,” one staffer wrote, according to a 46-page research note that’s among the trove of documents released by Facebook whistle-blower Frances Haugen. ..