Late last week Facebook verified it had been temporarily halting recommendations for all political groups and some other new bands in the run-up to tomorrows hotly contested US presidential election.
Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg known one of the modifications during a Senate hearing on Wednesday, saying, “We have taken the steps to stop recommendations in groups for all political content or social issue groups as a precaution.”
Facebook Groups are communities that form around shared interests. Public classes could be observed, hunted and joined by anyone on Facebook.
Ahead of the US vote, many watchdog and advocacy groups have pushed Facebook to limit algorithmic group recommendations. They have claimed that some Facebook Groups have been used as spaces to spread misinformation and arrange extremist activity.
A Facebook spokeswoman declined to say when the modifications were made or how long they’d last.
“We will assess when to lift them afterwards, but they are temporary,” she said in an email to journalists at our partner news agency Reuters.
Facebook also stated that as of Friday morning it was restricting the distribution of the ‘save our children’ hashtag, because of its relations with the QAnon conspiracy theory.
Social networking platforms have been cracking down on articles related to the unfounded conspiracy theory, which posits that US President Donald Trump is covertly fighting a worldwide cabal of child-sex predators that includes prominent Democrats, Hollywood elites and “deep state” allies.
A Facebook spokeswoman said individuals will continue to be able to use this hashtag but clicking on it will not bring up other cases of its use. If users search for the hashtag, they will be revealed “credible child safety resources,” she explained.
The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford. Editing by Tom Brown.
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