Facebook Will Stop Recommending Civic Or Political Groups | WABNEWS

Facebook Inc CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company will no longer recommend civic and political groups to users of the platform. The social media company said in October that it was temporarily halting recommendations from political groups for American users in the weeks leading up to the presidential election. On Wednesday, Facebook said it would make this permanent and expand the policy globally. On Tuesday, Democratic Senator Ed Markey wrote to Zuckerberg asking for an explanation of the reports, including one from the news site The Markup, that Facebook had not stopped recommending political groups on its platform. He called the Facebook groups “hate breeding groups” and noted that they had been planning sites for the January 6 riot in the US Capitol where five people were killed. Speaking in a conference call Wednesday with analysts about Facebook’s earnings, Zuckerberg said the company has “continued to fine-tune how this works.” Facebook supervisory board reverses several decisions of the company The Board reviewed its first five cases, and reversed four of them. The case of the indefinite suspension of the account of former President Donald Trump is still pending review. Facebook groups are communities that are formed around shared interests. Public groups can be viewed, searched, and anyone on Facebook can request to join them. Various watchdog and advocacy groups have lobbied Facebook to limit algorithmic group recommendations. They have argued that some Facebook groups have been used as spaces to spread disinformation and organize extremist activity. Zuckerberg also said that Facebook was considering measures to reduce the amount of political content on users’ news channels.

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