2.2 million Facebook and Instagram ads removed before US elections (Clegg)

Facebook rejected “2.2 million ads” and “120,000 Facebook and Instagram posts were removed for trying to hinder voting participation” in the US elections, company vice president Nick Clegg announced in an interview with the newspaper. Journal du Dimanche.

In addition, “warnings were shown in 150 million false information verified by independent media,” including AFP, the vice president of Public Affairs and Communication of the US company explained to the French weekly.

Facebook has redoubled efforts in recent months not to repeat the experience of 2016, when its network was used in massive voter manipulation operations, led from Russia, during the US presidential campaign and during the Brexit referendum in the UK. .

“Thirty-five thousand collaborators take care of the security of our platforms and contribute to the elections. We have established collaborations with 70 specialized media, five of which in France, in the verification of information,” said Clegg.

“We also have artificial intelligence tools. These allowed the suppression of billions of posts from fake accounts, even before they were reported by users,” said the vice president of Facebook. The site also stores “all advertisements and information, such as financing or origin, for seven years to ensure transparency”.

According to Clegg, in 2016 “Facebook had not identified or suppressed a single foreign network that interfered in the elections. Between March and September of this year, we have suppressed 30 malicious networks in the world, including some that targeted the United States.” .

As of early October, Facebook had removed more than 300 active accounts and pages on Facebook and Instagram. According to the company, they were related to a marketing cabinet, Rally Forge, which works for Turing Point USA, an organization that seeks to mobilize students around Donald Trump, especially in states where the outcome of the election is highly predictable. tight.

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