Today the Real Facebook Oversight Board published our Q2 Facebook Harms Report — a deep-dive into Facebook’s impact on democracy, privacy, and human life this financial quarter. Our research and analysis layout Facebook’s serious problem with disinformation hosted on their platform and their active choice not to act on it. Facebook also failed to adequately deal with former President Trump by not only allowing his affiliate PACs to raise money on the platform and announcing his potential reinstatement to the platform in January 2023 despite inciting an insurrection that led to his impeachment. While systemic change is required through statutory legislation, Facebook can act now to mitigate some of the harm caused. The Real Facebook Oversight Board is demanding that Facebook:
- Disable post engagement on proven disinformation superspreaders;
- Uprank quality news sources by reprioritizing reputability in the news algorithm.