Marketplace Tech
Marketplace Tech
Feb 3, 2021
Facebook shouldn’t be surprised its groups were overrun with conspiracies
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Facebook last month announced it will stop recommending political and civic Groups to its users. The company said users want less politics in their feeds, and it has said it didn’t realize how much its Groups were spreading medical misinformation, were being used to radicalize people into QAnon and that they had become one of the home bases for the planners of the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6. But this week, The Wall Street Journal reported that the company has had internal research for months about private groups being toxic, including some being full of calls for violence, yet they were  still recommended to Facebook users. Molly speaks with Renée DiResta, a research manager at the Stanford Internet Observatory, who said Facebook’s push toward Groups created a cycle of radicalization.

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