Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Facebook Insider Leaks Docs; Explains “Deboosting,” “Troll Report,” & Political Targeting in Video Interview

- Insider, Formerly Responsible for Content Review in Facebook’s Intellectual Property Dept Speaks Out, Loses Job 

- Facebook Engineers Plan to “demote bad content” 

- Conservative Facebook Page Livestreams Secretly “deboosted,” No Notice to Page Owners 

- Facebook Can Classify Users as Trolls Based on Their Vocabulary, Then Punish By Limiting Bandwidth, Blocking Comments… 

- Facebook Engineer: “‘hateful’ content is coming from right-leaning sites.” 

- “Special features” Triggered “leading up to important elections” 

- Bizarre View of “hate speech” Includes Content from Conservative Commentator

View the documents here.

(Update: In the video, we said Steven Crowder’s “livestream was dethrottled,” when in fact his entire page was “dethrottled.”)
(San Francisco) Project Veritas has obtained and published documents and presentation materials from a former Facebook insider. This information describes how Facebook engineers plan and go about policing political speech. Screenshots from a Facebook workstation show the specific technical actions taken against political figures, as well as “[e]xisting strategies” taken to combat political speech.

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