Facebook says private groups are its future. Some are hubs for misinformation and hate.

Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 06/07/2019 23:57

For more than two years, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has touted membership in private, “meaningful” communities as central to the future of the social network.

But that strategy of pushing closed interactions within groups is increasingly butting up against the company’s capacity to monitor those that break the social network’s rules against hate speech, harassment and other ills, civil rights groups and other advocates say. They warn that the company’s move into more private communications is on a collision course with Facebook’s stated goal of cleaning up its platform ahead of the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

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