Far-right Facebook groups 'spreading hate to millions in Europe'

Avaaz uncovers 500 accounts using fake news to spread white supremacy messageA web of far-right Facebook accounts spreading fake news and hate speech to millions of people across Europe has been uncovered by the campaign group Avaaz.Facebook, which is struggling to clean up the platform and salvage its reputation, has already taken down accounts with about 6 million followers before voting in the European elections begins on Thursday. It was still investigating hundreds of other accounts with an additional 26 million followers, Avaaz said. Continue reading... Continue reading at 'The Guardian'

[ The Guardian | 2019-05-22 04:00:20 UTC ]
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James Patterson Leads Group Seeking to Raise Millions for Bookstores

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Group Nine Media Raises $50 Million from Discovery, Axel Springer

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What to know about Europe’s fight on platform hate speech

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Facebook and the private group problem

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The Groups Where Thousands of Facebook Users Ask for Money

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U.K. Investment Group Acquires Barnes & Noble for $683 Million

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Some Facebook content reviewers will focus solely on hate speech

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The Groups Bringing Forum Culture to Facebook

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Facebook bans Alex Jones and other controversial figures for hate speech

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Facebook bans Alex Jones and other controversial figures for hate speech

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Facebook leans harder into Groups as it redesigns main app

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