At this point in the company’s history, it’s well-established that Facebook struggles to keep up with the spread of disinformation. However, if this problem is bad with English language content, it’s even worse in other languages. That’s why a group of U.S. lawmakers sent a letter to Facebook parent company Meta this week demanding that it do a better job of addressing Spanish-language disinformation on its platform.
According to the lawmakers, Russian actors have made a “concentrated effort” to spread propaganda in Spanish-speaking communities about the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. It’s unclear what Russia has to gain from this move, but the lawmakers are adamant that Facebook needs to do a better job of stopping it.
“The viral spread of these narratives stands in stark contrast to assurances that Meta made to the public and Members of Congress that it is prioritizing the pressing needs of Hispanic communities in the United States,” the politicians wrote. “The spread of these narratives demonstrate that Meta does not see the problem of Spanish-language disinformation in the United States as a critical priority for the health of our democracy.”
Facebook employs entire teams of fact checkers around the world, and the company is committed to investing in artificial intelligence to detect this kind of bad content before it catches fire. However, that still doesn’t seem to be enough to fully stop bad actors from taking advantage of the platform’s reach.
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