Your Wednesday Briefing – The New York Instances

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There’s a common thread between the QAnon conspiracy theory, promoting fake health treatments, and promoting violence based on false claims of electoral fraud: Facebook groups. Our On Tech newsletter has compiled recommendations from experts on how to make these forums less toxic.

Stop automated recommendations. Facebook has announced that it is taking a temporary break from computer-generated referrals for people interested in joining political or health groups. Some experts said Facebook should go further and completely stop computerized group suggestions.

Provide more control over private groups. Two social media researchers, Nina Jankowicz and Cindy Otis, have suggested not to privately allow groups over a certain number of members – which means newcomers must be invited and outsiders cannot see what is being discussed – without regular human review of theirs Content.

Target the habitual group perpetrators. Renée DiResta, a disinformation researcher at Stanford, said Facebook needed to be “more determined” against the groups that are repeatedly harassed. Jade Magnus Ogunnaike of civil rights group Color of Change said Facebook should turn those responsible for reviewing the material on the website – usually contractors – into full-fledged employees.

That’s it for this briefing. Thank you for starting your day with The Times.

– Natasha

Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh took the break from the news. You can reach the team at [email protected]

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