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Facebook closes 23 Italian sites with 2.4 million followers: they spread false news and hate words



Two weeks before the European elections, Facebook closes 23 Italian sites where more than 2.46 million people exchanged false information and fissile content against migrants, anti-vaccines and anti-Semites. More than half of them supported Lega or M5S. The decision came after a careful investigation by the NGO Avaaz, which deals with human rights and environmental campaigns. "We thank Avaaz – a social network spokesperson – for sharing research results so we can investigate, and we're committed to protecting the integrity of EU elections and worldwide, and we have removed a number of false and duplicate accounts violate the policy "Our guidelines on authenticity and multiple sites for name change policy violations. We have also taken action against some sites that have repeatedly propagated misinformation. We'll take further steps if we encounter other violations. "Facebook also closed a few dozen fake accounts and weakened pages that spread content with false news.The technical motivation for closing the pages was the name change: they first hit topics which did not allude to political parties or movements, and then changed the subject through various passages.

Between the closed pages "We Want the 5-Star Movement to the Government," the 1

29,000 followers and nearly 700,000 interactions in three months counted, "Beppe Grillo for President", Lega Salvini Sulmona ", which had 307 thousand followers," Lega Salvini Premier Santa Teresa di Riva "," We are 5 stars ". As Avaaz's report explains, they spread false news and words of hate. Among the cited examples was a false statement attributed to Roberto Saviano and circulated on the page "We Want the 5 Star Movement to the Government": the same writer had been forced to deny a phrase he had never said.

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The most active side in support of the League between the Closed, "Lega Salvini Premier Santa Teresa di Riva", was the one shared by rec institution showing a video that shows migrants intending to drive a Carabinieri car to destroy. The video, which has nearly 10 million views, is actually a scene from a movie, and the hoax has been published several times over the years, but continues to be shared. The same page was born as the "Breeder Association of the Province of Messina" and in five steps it was over to become a supporter of the Carroccio.

In recent months, Facebook's work on content that violates community standards has been steadily on the rise. Around 30,000 people worldwide work in the social network founded by Mark Zuckenberg. On May 2, the company opened a war room in Dublin to work with 40 teams of engineers, scientists, researchers, threat specialists and experts for each country to ensure the integrity of the European election campaign. 500 people work full-time without forgetting to work with 21 experts who are partners of the European Union and working in 14 languages.


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