Global Watchdog group claims Facebook fails to catch false Brazilian election ads, despite declaring it ‘priority’ county to tackle disinformation.
Strike four: Facebook misses election misinformation in Brazil ads
Facebook failed to detect blatant election-related misinformation in ads ahead of Brazil’s 2022 election, a new report from Global Witness has found.
The group says it continues an “alarming” pattern of the platform not catching material that violates its policies.
The advertisements contained false information about the country’s upcoming election, such as promoting the wrong election date, incorrect voting methods and questioning integrity, including Brazil’s electronic voting system.
It is the fourth time that the London-based non-profit group Global Witness has tested Meta’s ability to catch blatant violations of its most popular social media platform’s rules – and the fourth such test Facebook has failed.