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Meta staggers over a minefield of Russian propaganda

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Meta staggers over a minefield of Russian propaganda

Its content enforcement mechanisms have enabled pro-Russian messaging during Ukraine invasion, moderators say

Katie Paul and Munsif Vengattil

Days after the March 9 bombing of a maternity and children’s hospital in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, comments claiming the attack never happened began flooding the queues of workers moderating Facebook and Instagram content on behalf of the apps’ owner, Meta Platforms.

The bombardment killed at least three people, including a child, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said publicly. Images of bloodied, heavily pregnant women fleeing through the rubble, their hands cradling their stomachs, sparked immediate outrage worldwide.

Among the most recognised women was Mariana Vishegirskaya, a Ukrainian fashion and beauty influencer. Photos of her navigating down a hospital stairwell in polka-dot pyjamas circulated widely after the attack...

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