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As the US presidential election polling day draws close, it’s worth recapping what we know about how Facebook has been used to influence election results.
The platform is optimised for boosting politically conservative voices calling for fascism, separatism and xenophobia. It’s also these voices that tend to generate the most clicks.
Facebook’s track record isn’t good news for those who want to live in a healthy democratic state. Polarisation certainly doesn’t lead to effective political discourse.
While several blog posts from the company outline measures being taken to supposedly protect the integrity of the 2020 US presidential elections, it remains to be seen what this means in reality.
Michael Brand, Adjunct A/Prof of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, Monash University
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