Throughout these last months, Facebook has been in the spotlight for the leak of the documents that were released in The Wall Street Journal , taking into account that now they have become popular enough to have a vision broader of the operations carried out by the social network.
From The Verge they have made versions of the Facebook documents, calling them ‘The Facebook Papers’ , thus, they have managed to summarize all the information in the files to reflect only the most important. Thanks to the work they have done, users can easily understand all the problems that are related to Facebook.
False information about COVID-19
Proposals for names that are likely to replace Facebook are ‘Stories’ and ‘Meta’.
The app has received a lot of criticism about fake news that was related to COVID-19 and its vaccination process . The comments are part of the misinformation and end up being a blind spot for users, and the company still continues to accept misinformation about vaccines even though they have started taking steps to fight fake news.
On the other hand, Facebook used the German ‘Querdenken’ movement against vaccines as a test case for more aggressive restraint. , however it was not yet linked to extreme enough activity to justify a total ban on followers on the platform.
Apple wanted to remove Facebook from iOS
The origin of the idea took place in the gaming field.
A report published by The Wall Street Journal indicates that Apple threatened to remove Facebook and Instagram from iOS on October 23, 2019. This problem was related to the advertisements of domestic workers offering their services through these applications , due to the fact that it promoted abuse and invasion of privacy.
Finally, Facebook ended up removing all these job advertisements on its social network to prevent exploitation of domestic employees.
A report from The Washington Post revealed that Facebook’s integrity team had many ideas on how to make the social network less harmful, however, the ideas were rejected numerous times by Mark Zuckerberg .
Changes in the information offered
The Wall Street Journal revealed for the first time that the media and political parties had complained that users favored negative content. In the report ‘ Ranking for Civic Health ‘, the social network acknowledged that “people think that political content on Facebook is low quality, unreliable and divisive” and “the current ranking system is not creating a fully civic experience. valuable to users ” .
The document states that Facebook’s algorithm recommended civic content that users themselves recognized as not valuable , so they began to ask what they thought constituted good information.
Why weren’t the ‘likes’ hidden on Instagram?
Senator Blumenthal wants Zuckerberg to talk about the leaked investigations.
The ‘likes’ on Instagram were never hidden because it affected ad revenue and people started using the app less . Therefore, instead of hiding them from all users by default, Instagram adopted a measure so that people could decide whether they want to hide them or not.