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Facebook failed to detect test ads that threatened election workers in the US: Report

According to the report, Facebook failed to detect threats in 15 of the 20 test ads used

December 02, 2022 / 01:45 PM IST
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An investigation by Global Witness and the NYU Cybersecurity for Democracy (C4D) has revealed that Facebook isn't as good as YouTube or TikTok in removing death threats against US election workers on the eve of the US midterm elections.

The investigators tested Facebook's ability to detect death threats by "identifying 10 of the worst examples of death threats issued against election workers in the US and then submitting them to the three platforms in the form of advertisements and recording whether the platforms accepted them for publication or not."

All of the ads contained real life examples of previous threats issued against political workers. The reason the team choose to submit them as ads was because of the ability to schedule them and remove them before they go live, while still undergoing the platform's moderation process.

The team then sent the ads for approval on TikTok, YouTube and Facebook. The ads contained an image of an election worker with death threats written clearly on top of the image, to make it easier for moderation to catch.