- Facebook has decided to publish a transparency report for the first quarter of 2021.
- Despite its promise of “transparency,” the company retains its original report.
- The report shows that some of the most viewed content on the platform reflects right-wing views and misinformation.
After being criticized for touting its transparency but failing to publish information, Facebook released an unprecedented report on its most viewed content in the United States.
this report, Which lists the most viewed posts, pages, and links from Facebook user accounts from January 2021 to March 2021, and was obtained and verified by the New York Times for the first time on Saturday. The company stated in the report that it represents “a more complete picture of what people see on Facebook.” Facebook uses its own participation tracking service CrowdTangle to compile the data.
In the report, the most viewed link is the South Florida Sun Sentinel story republished by the Chicago Tribune, whose title was originally Suggested link Between the COVID-19 vaccine and the death of a Florida doctor. This story has been seen more than 53 million times by Facebook users. One of the most viewed pages on Facebook is The Epoch Times, a right-wing conspiracy newspaper publication with more than 81 million page views.
The New York Times quoted an internal company email report saying that the company concealed this early report after several executives said it was not good for Facebook.
Last week, Facebook Issued a similar report Show the data for the second quarter of 2021 to make it more transparent. Last week’s report touted a large number of viewers watching more harmless content, such as cat GIFs and meme pages.
“Regarding the unpublished report earlier this year and the question of why we kept it. We ultimately kept it because we wanted to make a critical fix to the system,” said Andy Stone, Facebook’s policy communications manager. Said in a statement. Twitter thread Saturday.
Insider could not reach Stone or Facebook to comment on what repairs the company needs to make to the system.
Facebook has been slammed by politicians, health experts, regulators and many users Not enough To limit Dissemination of misinformation Topics range from election conspiracy theories to false narratives about the COVID-19 vaccine.The company has not been quite candid about how it plans to monitor and Topics like coronavirus vaccines, As the number of COVID cases worldwide continues to rise.Last month, President Biden said that Facebook is “kill” By not fighting the coronavirus misinformation- The statement he came back later.
The social media giant decided to publish these quarterly reports at the same time that it released the Twitter account of New York Times reporter Kevin Roose.Facebook top 10,” also used Facebook’s CrowdTangle data to show that the platform Amplify the right wing sound ——This irritates Facebook.