Presidential election in Brazil Facebook group Meta apparently tolerates misleading election advertising
Facebook likes to emphasize its efforts against anti-democratic manipulations. Activists still managed to break many of Meta’s rules.
Facebook app on the smart tphone: The social network is an important factor in the Brazilian election campaign
Photo: Jenny Kane / AP
Meta itself is currently promoting its intensified efforts against disinformation. As the group emphasizes, it is now translating worldwide 40. people in the fight against misinformation and targeted campaigns and invest five billion dollars. In the run-up to the Brazilian elections, it is working with the relevant authorities to educate voters on how to vote and how to identify misinformation. The group also prevents false reports from spreading unchecked on WhatsApp.
Disallowed Ads Experiment
The London, Brussels and Washington-based organization Global Witness has the current effort put to the test: She placed ten ads that clearly violate the rules that Facebook has set for the Brazilian election campaign s gave himself. Five of the ads spread misinformation about the election process, such as where and when to vote. Five other ads contained messages delegitimizing the election itself. This includes, for example, the rejection of voting computers, as is currently being fueled by the incumbent Jair Bolsonaro himself