Governors and mayors across the United States are on the front lines of the pandemic sweeping throughout the nation, issuing orders to discourage public gatherings in an effort to curb the growing public health crisis.
Nevertheless, thousands of citizens have ignored these orders, choosing instead to gather on the beach or even at church services despite the highly contagious virus that's thrust the world into a global pandemic.
GOP Facebook Executive Argued Against Removing Fake News Pages Because It Would Disproportionately Affect Republicans
With 2.4 billion active users, Facebook has become a breeding ground for disinformation. Misleading or outright false allegations played an unignorable part of the assault on the 2016 election and a number of lawmakers say Facebook isn't doing enough to curtail fake news ahead of 2020.
Now a recent Washington Post report detailing Facebook's response to fake news pages after President Donald Trump's shocking victory in 2016 is raising even more concerns.
Facebook's Top News Exec Has Her Own Media Outlet Funded by Betsy DeVos That's Slamming Elizabeth Warren
In January 2017, Facebook hired a former NBC news anchor, Campbell Brown. The goal was to create Facebook News, the social media company's "news partnerships team."
In addition to her duties establishing Facebook's "quality news" feature in a dedicated tab, Brown runs her own news outlet: The 74.
Pro-Trump Super PAC Used Facebook Ads Urging People to Register to Vote to Mine Users' Personal Information
As Facebook navigates controversy for its policy allowing political candidates to use false information in ads, a Super PAC working to reelect President Donald Trump is in hot water for its own falsehoods.
The Committee to Defend the President ran a number of Facebook ads resembling ballots, falsely telling viewers that their voter registration was incomplete.
I Love America, a Facebook page with 1.1 million followers and a larger reach than many respected media outlets, is run by 10 Ukrainians, with another manager from France, one from Kazakhstan, and one from the United States.
The news comes as President Donald Trump faces criticism for pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the son of former Vice President and one of Trump's 2020 presidential election opponents, Joe Biden.
Fox News Host Claimed CNN Told Facebook to Ban Far-Right Conspiracy Theorists, and CNN's Senior Media Reporter Just Called Him Out
Social media came under fire the last few years for tolerating hate speech and allowing individuals to be targeted by conspiracy theorists with large online presences. One such person, Alex Jones of InfoWars, was eventually sued by some of the people he targeted.
Jones was banned by several platforms for his content. Now he has been banned by Facebook along with several others deemed "dangerous" by the social media company.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Just Explained Why She's Scaling Back Her Personal Social Media Use, and We Totally Get It
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) revealed on Sunday that she quit Facebook because of the tech giant's monopoly on content and deleterious effects on mental health.
“I personally gave up, which was kind of a big deal because I started my campaign on Facebook, and Facebook was my primary digital organizing tool for a very long time,” the 29-year-old freshman lawmaker in an interview with Yahoo's Skullduggery podcast.