Facebook is blocking researchers' access to data about the amount of misinformation

Facebook is blocking researchers access to data about the amount.jpgsignature06e76b4591365f2236b7263373242d25

Distributed inside documents suggest that Facebook - recently renamed Meta - is doing far worse than it claims to reduce COVID-19 vaccine misinformation on high- Facebook social media platform.

False information about the virus and vaccines is a major concern. In one study, survey respondents who received some or all of their news from Facebook were significantly more likely to oppose the COVID-19 vaccine than those who received their news from mainstream media sources .

As a researcher who studies social and civic media, I believe it is extremely important to understand how misinformation spreads online. But this is easier said than done. Counting examples of misinformation found on a social media platform leaves two main questions unanswered: How likely is it that users will come across incorrect information and whether some of users particularly vulnerable to misinformation? These questions are the nominative problem and the circulation problem.

The COVID-19 misinformation study, “Facebook Algorithm: A Major Threat to Public Health”, published by the public interest advocacy group Avaaz in August 2020, revealed that frequently shared sources health information - 82 websites and 42 Facebook pages - a total estimated reach of 3.8 billion views in a year.

At first glance, that's a surprisingly large number. But it is important to remember that this is the number. To understand what 3.8 billion views in a year means, you also need to work out the denominator. The calculator is the part of a fraction above the line, which is divided by the part of the fraction below the line, the denominator.


    Getting some insight

    One potential nominee is 2.9 billion monthly Facebook active users, in which case, on average, every Facebook user has been exposed to at least one piece of information from the illicit sources. that health information. But these are 3.8 billion content views, not individual users. How many pieces of information does the average Facebook user encounter in a year? Facebook will not disclose that information.

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