Several Facebook employees and researchers warned in the months surrounding the 2020 US presidential election about the polarizing messages about vote fraud being spread on the platform.
The New York Times
based on internal documents from the social media platform.
The workers had warned for years about the network's potential to spread radical messages, the documents said.
That also happened around the 2020 presidential election, when then-President Trump claimed to have lost it through mass vote fraud.
Shortly after the election, a Facebook employee said he was concerned about the misinformation circulating about vote counting.
Incendiary messages about voter fraud appeared at the top of most comment sections, spreading inaccurate information, the employee wrote.
A few days later, a data scientist said that as many as one in 50 views on Facebook went to content that declared the voting process fraudulent.
Still, Facebook did not take action or took action until later, according to the documents, because they feared complaints from users.
Internal Reports: Too Many Gray Areas
In March, two internal reports were published examining the company's role in the vote fraud. In it, employees said Facebook operates on "a pattern" of first taking "limited or no action" against groups spreading the misinformation. That only happens later, when the disinformation had already been publicized. In this case, part of the problem was also that the rules had too many gray areas right after the election, making it unclear to employees which posts could or could not be deleted.
Facebook has come under fire in recent weeks for the revelations of whistleblower Frances Haugen.
Haugen would also have seen time and again during her time at the company that Facebook thought profit was more important than public safety.
She announced in early October that she would come up with more revelations about her former employer.Keywords: facebook, election, messages, employees, vote fraud, platform, researchers, polarization, us, documents, employee, the new york times, frances haugen.haugen, trump, content