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Democracy is at risk. Join our group of global experts in the fight to hold Facebook accountable. RFOB for short. Parent org: @allthecitizens.
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Jul 27 4 tweets 2 min read
🔴 Facebook Q2 in three numbers (a thread):

4️⃣ - page length of summary Independent Human Rights Impact Assessment Meta released on harms in India, after promising to release the full report.

about.fb.com/wp-content/upl… 2️⃣5️⃣0️⃣,0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ - posts about abortion access censored by Facebook in the 2 days following the overturning of Roe v. Wade
apnews.com/article/aborti…
Jul 14 9 tweets 3 min read
🚨NEW STATEMENT

Meta Whitewashes Human Rights Impact In First Annual Human Rights Report

"Meta/Facebook always puts PR first, and today’s first ever “Human Rights Report” is a master class in spin and obfuscation."

Full statement here rfob.medium.com/meta-whitewash… Ignoring their long-delayed Human Rights Impact Assessment on violations in India, Meta instead issues an inadequate “summary,” whitewashing the religious violence fomented in India across their platforms Image
May 5 9 tweets 5 min read
BREAKING via @WSJ: Facebook Deliberately Caused Havoc in Australia to Influence New Law, Whistleblowers Say
wsj.com/articles/faceb… Remember when Facebook randomly suspended some accounts in Australia including the National Fire Service, public health accounts, and yours truly @FBoversight
Apr 28 7 tweets 3 min read
"It’s Time to Open the Black Box of Social Media" @noUpside, @EthanZ, @BrendanNyhan and RFOB's @LauraEdelson2 for @sciam
scientificamerican.com/article/its-ti… The authors pose F I V E big questions/ideas:
🔵 Research suggests that misinformation is often more engaging than other types of content. Why is this the case?
Apr 27 8 tweets 4 min read
🚨BREAKING🚨: Our Q1 Facebook Quarterly Harms Report is out (cc: @Avaaz)

🔵New Research Shows Russian Disinformation Proliferating

🔵Globally, 62% Of #1 News Posts In Q1 Were From Known Dis-Informers
rfob.medium.com/facebook-meta-… @Avaaz RT and Sputnik saw large increases in interactions, especially in non-English content including Arabic, Portuguese (Brazil), Japanese, and Spanish ImageImage
Mar 1 5 tweets 1 min read
Statement from @FBoversight on Facebook "restricting access" to RT/Sputnik 🧵⬇️

"Facebook is following its damage control playbook, taking a victory lap for action that looks good on the surface but falls tragically short." (1/5) Image "Facebook's piece-meal efforts to cut off access to RT and other platforms in select countries seems to only be to appease EU leaders and not actually address the root problem, that RT and Sputnik are accumulating thousands of hits every day spreading disinformation." (2/5)
Feb 28 5 tweets 2 min read
⚡️New 🔵: Facebook Must Do More To Address Ukraine Disinformation

The alarming spread of disinformation requires unprecedented emergency response from Facebook/Meta; RFOB stands with Polish/Baltic leaders in demanding action
rfob.medium.com/facebook-must-… “Facebook is failing to take all necessary steps to protect the Ukrainian people and shut off Russia’s spread of disinformation about the invasion.” (2/3)
Feb 2 8 tweets 4 min read
🚨NEW🚨: New research today from @Avaaz and @FBoversight warns that Brazil is at increased risk of a “1/6 like event fomented on Facebook,” with Facebook failing to learn from or correct errors from the U.S. insurrection.
rfob.medium.com/new-research-s… Today we are publishing our Quarterly Harms report for Q4 ahead of Facebook's quarterly earnings call.

Research from us and @Avaaz estimates that if Facebook acted earlier, it could have prevented *10 Billion* views to pages/groups sharing misinformation in Brazil.
Feb 1 5 tweets 3 min read
Let's get this straight: Facebook board member Peter Thiel funded a startup that figured out how to hack Facebook-owned WhatsApp.
via @nytimes
nytimes.com/2022/01/28/mag… It's not the first time Thiel has backed a company that has taken advantage of Facebook user data.

"Clearview AI was...backed financially by Peter Thiel, a venture capitalist behind Facebook and Palantir."
nytimes.com/2020/01/18/tec…
Oct 25, 2021 6 tweets 1 min read
STATEMENT: "F-DAY: Facebook Faces Day Of Reckoning, 17 News Organizations and Whistleblower Offer Devastating Evidence of Facebook’s Harms" -- RFOB
rfob.medium.com/f-day-facebook… "Today’s avalanche of leaks, revelations and reporting blasts apart Facebook’s spin that Frances Haugen was ‘cherry picking’ documents." 1/5
Oct 25, 2021 42 tweets 8 min read
LIVE🔴: @FrancesHaugen gives evidence before @OnlineSafetyCom in the United Kingdom today.

Follow along with us!

Watch here: parliamentlive.tv/event/index/cd… @FrancesHaugen @OnlineSafetyCom Haugen: Even the differences between American English and British English presents a content moderation challenge for Facebook that they have yet to effectively tackle.
Oct 25, 2021 11 tweets 8 min read
It is going to be one busy week!

Join us here as we keep up with the latest revelations about #Facebook.

An ongoing🧵on all the latest news on whistleblower testimonies and the leaked Facebook Files. All in one place.

#OnlineSafetyBill
#FacebookFiles
Oct 25, 2021 5 tweets 4 min read
🔴Today's a big day in a week filled with testimonies on the harms done by Big Tech, specifically FB.

The courageous whistleblower @FrancesHaugen testifies before the @OnlineSafetyCom at 14:30pm BST

Catch her speak here: parliamentlive.tv/event/index/cd…

We'll be here tweeting live! As we prepare for @FrancesHaugen's testimony later this afternoon, let us take a dive into the revelations she has already made!

Oct 3, 2021 14 tweets 2 min read
🚨The whistleblower is revealed ahead of the @60Minutes special Frances Haugen left in March of 2021. A data scientist. She secretly copied thousands of documents. She says Facebook is lying about the progress it’s making on misinformation and hate speech.
Sep 13, 2021 13 tweets 5 min read
Today’s bombshell report in @WSJ [@JeffHorwitz] that Facebook allowed at least 5.8m VIP users to be exempt from its TOS enforcement is yet another example of Facebook’s complete failure to responsibly moderate content or oversee its own platforms. /1
wsj.com/articles/faceb… The WSJ reporting outlines how Facebook "whitelists" or gives preferential treatment to VIP Facebook users making them (at times) exempt to immune from standard content moderation practices and terms of service guidelines. The list of VIP users is called "XCheck." /2
Jul 28, 2021 11 tweets 5 min read
🚨BREAKING🚨 Disinformation on Facebook kills.

Ahead of Facebook's quarterly earnings, RFOB releases its "Facebook Quarterly Harms Report" for Q2. This report documents Facebook's harms around COVID-19, and human life, and democracy.

Read the report ⬇️
rfob.medium.com/facebook-quart… A Real Facebook Oversight Board analysis from 2021 Q2 data found that a majority of the “Number One posts” (most engagement on Facebook for that day) originated from just five known ‘disinformation superspreaders’.
Jul 27, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
Brilliant exclusive by @eculliford via @Reuters
reut.rs/3l6zoid Another case of private Big Tech replacing a public function?
Jul 26, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
"Months before the megachurch Hillsong opened its new outpost in Atlanta, its pastor sought advice on how to build a church in a pandemic.
From Facebook."
@elizabethjdias via @nytimes on FB's next business goal: shaping the future of religious experience.
nyti.ms/3zy77Vy The irony is not lost on us Image
May 4, 2021 12 tweets 2 min read
NEW: Facebook’s self-funded Oversight Board will announce tomorrow whether Trump stays or goes. There will be an 🧨explosion 🧨 of headlines. *Which is exactly what Facebook wants*

It wins if he stays. It wins if he goes.
1/ Imagine Phillip Morris set up the Independent Tobacco Oversight Board in the 80s. Then imagine it deliberated for 3 months over whether to sell cigarettes to kids. This is no different. It’s Facebook distracting attention from its own version of its cancer-causing chemicals.
2/
May 3, 2021 5 tweets 3 min read
PRO TIP: IT CAN'T
🧐🧐🧐 The @OversightBoard is "a distraction from Facebook more fundamental failings" Image
Apr 29, 2021 5 tweets 3 min read
"Facebook approves alcohol, vaping, gambling and dating ads targeting teens, lobby group finds" by Conor Duffy for @abcnews
abc.net.au/news/2021-04-2… @abcnews "What we found was there was no difference in the way they were treating teenager's data," Reset Australia executive director Chris Cooper said.