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Former Facebook employee’s memo indicates company’s inability, lack of interest in policing disinformation campaigns worldwide: Report

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A letter written by a former Facebook employee after being fired from the company points to the social media giant's inability and unwillingness to act on fake and inauthentic accounts, according a report by BuzzFeed News. Sophie Zhang, who worked as a data scientist at Facebook until recently, penned a 6.600-word memo detailing how she struggled to make her company pay enough attention to fake accounts, whose activity she said was undermining elections and affecting political discourse across the world, including in India. Zhang revealed that during her work on coordinated inauthentic behaviour — a term for activity that uses multiple fake accounts to spread content — she had found a "politically sophisticated" network trying to influence the Assembly elections in Delhi during February 2020. This network had close to a 1,000 actors involved in it. However, according to the…

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