In front of Congress, Facebook defends its decision on InfoWars

Tech 18-7-2018 Mashable 23

For the second time in less than a week, Facebook is facing uncomfortable questions about why it continues to allow InfoWars and other conspiracy theory-slinging groups to have a presence on its platform.

During a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, Facebook's policy chief Monika Bickert fielded questions from Democrats who demanded to know why InfoWars has not been banned by Facebook. 

Her explanation did not go over well.

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Though Bickert acknowledged that Facebook does remove some individual posts, she said the site's violations — including numerous claims that victims of school shootings are paid actors — have not yet been egregious enough to warrant an outright ban, even though it regularly promotes conspiracy theories and other false information. Read more...

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