With major spenders on Facebook’s ads pulling out for a month now and civil rights leaders urging Mark Zuckerberg to #StopHateforProfit on Facebook, the major social media company has responded that it will study whether its algorithms are racially biased.
The plan is to form new internal teams dedicated to studying both Instagram and Facebook’s algorithms and how they are affecting underrepresented groups. The said team is “tasked with ensuring fairness and equitable product development are present” in everything the company does. Its spokesperson also added to The Verge that they will continue to work closely with the company’s responsible AI team to make certain they are looking at potential biases across their platforms like Facebook and Instagram.
One of the things that motivated Facebook’s boycott organizers was the company’s inability to “root out hate and disinformation” in the platform, according to Jessica Gonzalez of the Free Press. And just recently, it started labeling, but not fact-checking posts from politicians, especially Trump’s and Biden’s.
President Donald Trump made a claim on Tuesday via Facebook that mail-in voting could lead to corruption in the upcoming election. Facebook did add a label on it, redirecting users to a government website, but with no additional fact-checking whether it is true or not.
It was what the social media platform promised back in June – to label posts related to the election this coming November. And not only did it label many posts from Trump but including posts from Joe Biden as well. Needless to say, Facebook is criticized once again as the labels could be confusing or viewed as implicit endorsements of Trump’s highly controversial posts.
As Facebook is criticized, Zuckerberg also had to face accusations of having a secret deal with Trump, which he immediately denied saying this speculation is not new, clarifying that “there’s no deal of any kind […] The whole idea of a deal is pretty ridiculous.” The CEO also added that he does speak with Trump from “time to time” similar to the last US president and other political leaders.