Inside the fight to close the Spanish-language disinformation gap on Facebook

inside the fight to close the spanish language disinformation gap on facebook
inside the fight to close the spanish language disinformation gap on facebook

Inside the fight to close the Spanish-language disinformation gap on Facebook

As Facebook continues its effort to reign in misinformation, some activists argue it isn’t enforcing its policies as adequately for Spanish-language posts in the U.S. — a failing that could impact the more than 59 million people who speak it.

Misinformation and disinformation posts in Spanish are similar to what you might see in English, but there are some key differences that specifically single out Latinx people on the platform in the U.S. In the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, fake news stories in Spanish tried to tie Joe Biden to socialism, a particularly damaging piece of misinformation given socialism’s history in authoritarian Central and South American governments, FiveThirtyEight showed. The New York Times reported that misinformation campaigns attempted to turn Latinos against the Black Lives Matter movement, too.  Read more…

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