People In Germany See Too Much Right-Wing Information, So Facebook(CIA) Simply Shut It Off

Thursday, September 21, 2017
By Paul Martin


Facebook users in Germany complained about seeing posts from far-right groups so often that the social media platform temporarily turned off a a feature that allows people to discover news stories, USA Today reports.

A group of activists have been using Facebook’s targeting features to push right-wing content to supporters of centrist Prime Minister Angela Merkel leading up to nation-wide elections Sunday, Sandro Gaycken, founder and director of the Digital Society Institute located in Berlin, Germany, told USA Today.

“It’s really strange because Facebook says this should be impossible because you are only supposed to get recommendations based on your own ‘friends,’ ‘groups’ and ‘likes.’ But everyone in Germany is getting these right-wing party recommendations,” Gaycken said.

“Even left-wing journalists” were seeing the unwanted posts, Gaycken said.

Facebook said in a statement that the complaints from Germany were related to the website’s “Groups Discover” feature. Facebook turned off the “news and politics” in the “Discover” tab pending more investigation, USA Today reported.

Some suspected the trollish Facebook behavior was coming from Russian operatives, but “so far we have not been able to track down any specific Russian activity,” Simon Hegelich, political science professor at the Technical University of Munich said.

“A lot of the stuff we are seeing in Germany can be linked to, or is at least inspired by, the ‘alt-right’ movement in the U.S.,” Hegelich said, according to USA Today.

The activity appears to come from within Germany, and the closing of the feature only affects German Facebook users at present.

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