Facebook Under Fire from White House, Critics over Lack of Transparency

Facebook is facing backlash over several decisions in August that critics say indicate a lack of transparency, particularly regarding the problem of misinformation.

The tech company drew criticism after it published a report Saturday detailing the most widely-viewed content on the platform for the first quarter of 2021, showing that the most viewed news article was a factual story published by the Chicago Tribune about a doctor dying two weeks after receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Facebook had initially shelved the report and published data on the second quarter of 2021 instead, but released it following an investigation by The New York Times that revealed the tech company withheld the report due to fears it would seem like it was promoting misinformation.

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The Numbers Are In For People Watching Trump’s Inauguration On Facebook

While President Donald Trump’s television viewership numbers from Inauguration Day rank him fifth among the presidents, his Facebook numbers easily put him on top. On Inauguration Day, some “60 million people on Facebook in the U.S. generated 208 million likes, posts, comments and shares related to the presidential inauguration,” Andy…

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