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Technology Zuckerberg-funded researchers push Facebook to block 'incendiary' posts

01:20  07 june  2020
01:20  07 june  2020 Source:   cnet.com

Scientists funded by Chan Zuckerberg Initiative urge Facebook CEO to curb misinformation

  Scientists funded by Chan Zuckerberg Initiative urge Facebook CEO to curb misinformation The group pointed to President Trump’s “looting” post as antithetical to CZI’s missionThe scientists said in the letter that allowing President Trump to use Facebook “to spread both misinformation and incendiary statements” was not only a violation of Facebook’s policies but “directly antithetical” to CZI’s goal of building a “more inclusive, just and healthy future for everyone.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised to review the guidelines on allowing posts about the use of “excessive force” by the state. Zuckerberg ’s response came after current and former employees blasted his decision not to delete a post by US President Donald Trump which

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Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has another group pressuring his social media giant to do better at handling today's concerns over racism, protests about it and the police response to those protests. A group of 143 scientists funded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative or Chan Zuckerberg Biohub are calling for a stronger effort to stop misinformation and inflammatory posts on Facebook.

Mark Zuckerberg holding a sign: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Stephen Shankland/CNET © Provided by CNET Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Stephen Shankland/CNET

In a letter published Saturday, the researchers said Facebook has let President Donald Trump "spread both misinformation and incendiary statements on Facebook" and didn't follow its own policies against inciting violence when it let stand a Trump post that said in part, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts."

Zuckerberg says Facebook will revisit policies in wake of Trump backlash

  Zuckerberg says Facebook will revisit policies in wake of Trump backlash The announcement comes after the tech giant's inaction on the president's posts sparked uproar, in and out of the company.In a lengthy Facebook post, Zuckerberg said he wanted to “acknowledge the real pain expressed by members of our community” over the company’s decision not to take any action on a Trump post that appeared to threaten protesters with violence. The move has sparked unrest at the tech behemoth, with scores of staffers publicly denouncing the decision and skipping work in protest.

Facebook , which left the same posts untouched, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the letter. The former employees, including a staffer who opened Facebook 's office in Washington, implored Zuckerberg to implement checks on speech by political leaders as it does for

Facebook , which left the same posts untouched, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the letter. The group warned that Trump's post on Friday, which used the racially charged phrase "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" in reference to protests over the police

"We urge you to consider stricter policies on misinformation and incendiary language that harms people or groups of people, especially in our current climate that is grappling with racial injustice," said the scientists, all of whom are or were funded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative or the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub.

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is a philanthropic organization named after Zuckberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, and the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub is a nonprofit medical research institute. The affiliated researchers often work for prestigious academic institutions like Stanford University, the University of California, Yale and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

The affiliated researchers add a new voice to concerns from outsiders and Facebook's own employees about the company's policies and practices amid widespread anti-racism protests around the United States. The death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man in Minneapolis who died after a white policeman pinned him to the ground with a knee to the neck, sparked the protests. The protests triggered a forceful response by police and tweets by Trump saying "LAW AND ORDER" in all capital letters.

Facebook Employee Who Quit Over Zuckerberg's Inaction on Trump Posts Warns 'We're in Danger' (Video)

  Facebook Employee Who Quit Over Zuckerberg's Inaction on Trump Posts Warns 'We're in Danger' (Video) Timothy Aveni, the former Facebook employee who quit over CEO Mark Zuckerberg's handling of President Donald Trump's posts, gave his first interview to CNN this week and warned "we're in danger." In an interview that aired on "New Day" Friday, Aveni explained, "I've seen a couple times now that Mark doesn't uphold his principles. Zuck has told us over and over that calls to violence would not be tolerated on the platform, even if they were from the President of the United States, but on Friday he decided to do nothing in regards to the president's post.

25, 2019 photo Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the Paley Center in New York. Facebook employees are using Twitter to register their frustration over Zuckerberg 's decision to leave up posts by President Donald Trump that suggested protesters in Minneapolis could be shot.

Facebook , which left the same posts untouched, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the letter. The group warned that Trump's post on Friday, which used the racially charged phrase "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" in reference to protests over the police

Mark Zuckerberg holding a sign: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg © Stephen Shankland/CNET

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative said in a statement that its offices, staff, operations and mission are separate from those of Facebook. "We are grateful for our staff, partners and grantees in this work and we respect their right to voice their opinions, including on Facebook policies," the organization said.

Global scenes of Black Lives Matter protests show outrage far beyond US

Similarly, the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub said in a statement it's separate from Facebook and respects the rights of its employees and researchers to voice their opinions.

Mark Zuckerberg blasts Trump for ‘incendiary rhetoric’ in response to scientists' ‘misinformation’ complaint

  Mark Zuckerberg blasts Trump for ‘incendiary rhetoric’ in response to scientists' ‘misinformation’ complaint In a letter appearing online Thursday, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan write that President Trump’s “divisive and incendiary rhetoric” has left them “deeply shaken and disgusted” in a volatile time that they say requires “unity” in the U.S. © Provided by FOX News Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg joins Dana Perino on ‘The Daily Briefing.

Facebook ’s response to the same content, in a post from Zuckerberg on Friday, was to say, “We think people need to know if the government is planning to deploy force.” In a post late Sunday, Zuckerberg said Facebook is committing “an additional million to groups working on racial justice.”

CEO acknowledges many staff believe social network ‘should have labeled’ president’s post criticized for inciting violence.

Facebook didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Social media is a great way for people to stay in touch and communicate, but it's been under scrutiny for years because of problems like cyberbullying and election manipulation. Concerns are more intense now with the coronavirus pandemic and the protests over racial inequality. Trump signed an executive order intended to shield right-wing voices on social media platforms, which he's alleged, without evidence, are censoring conservatives.

Twitter has sought to take a more active stance than Facebook in removing posts or adding warning labels. Zuckerberg has defended Facebook's stance but on Friday said the company will review some policies.

Also on Friday, Facebook offered advice to people overseeing Facebook groups when handling racial issues. One tip: "If your admin/moderator team does not include representation from the impacted communities, create opportunities for new and diverse members to join your team," Facebook said.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says return to work will have to be 'staggered' .
The social network is requiring most of its employees to work from home until at least the end of May."It's clear that the return to work, when it happens, it will have to be done in a staggered way," Zuckerberg said at during CNN town hall about the coronavirus with his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan.

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