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Facebook employees rip Zuckerberg: He knew fake news we pushed ‘ran wild during the election’

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A group of employees at Facebook have accused founder Mark Zuckerberg of being aware that the social media giant was pushing fake and deceptive news during the 2016 presidential election that may have influenced the results, BuzzFeed News reports.

Zuckerberg has denied the claim that Facebook’s fake news problem played any role in the election outcome. “I think the idea that fake news on Facebook — of which it’s a very small amount of the content — influenced the election in any way is a pretty crazy idea,” Zuckerberg said at a conference last week.

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Now, employees are joining together and establishing an unofficial task force to seriously look into whether or not Facebook actually did have an impact on the 2016 election results.

One employee who spoke with BuzzFeed anonymously told the outlet, “It’s not a crazy idea. What’s crazy is for him to come out and dismiss it like that, when he knows, and those of us at the company know, that fake news ran wild on our platform during the entire campaign season.”

According to BuzzFeed’s sources, the task force is currently made up of “more than dozens” of the company’s employees who are concerned about Facebook’s role in shaping the election result.

They have been meeting in secret and plan to create a list of recommendations for the company’s senior management. Another source told the outlet that “hundreds” of employees were concerned and “wanted to support efforts to challenge” the company’s position on the matter.

A spokesperson with Facebook wrote in a statement to BuzzFeed last week, “While Facebook played a part in this election, it was just one of many ways people received their information – and was one of the many ways people connected with their leaders, engaged in the political process and shared their views.”

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However, former employees have engaged with the question as well. “Sadly, News Feed optimizes for engagement,” the company’s former designer Bobby Goodlatte wrote on his own Facebook on the night of the election.

Goodlatte added, “As we’ve learned in this election, bullshit is highly engaging. A bias towards truth isn’t an impossible goal. Wikipedia, for instance, still bends towards the truth despite a massive audience. But it’s now clear that democracy suffers if our news environment incentivizes bullshit.”


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‘Brutal and unacceptable’: Calls for arrest of NYPD cop who put woman in the ER during protests

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The Speaker of the New York City Council is demanding accountability for a NYPD officer caught on tape violently striking a woman during protests of police violence.

Video of the incident appeared on social media on Friday. The video appears to show the cop running up a shoving the woman, launching her off her feet.

She is reportedly now in the ER after suffering a serious seizure.

"This officer needs to be charged with assault," Speaker Cory Johnson posted on Twitter. "Hard to watch. Brutal and unacceptable."

This officer needs to be charged with assault.

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‘I’m getting shot’: Shocking video shows police in Louisville hitting journalists with pepper bullets

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Police fired pepper bullets at a camera crew doing a live broadcast of the police violence protests in Louisville on Friday evening.

"WAVE 3 News reporter Kaitlin Rust appeared to have been hit by rubber bullets reportedly fired by an LMPD officer during a protest in downtown Louisville," the station reported.

Rust was wearing a fluorescent safety vest at the time of the incident.

"I'm getting shot," she shouted.

The news anchor asked, "who are they aiming that at?"

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Chicago Mayor Lightfoot to Trump: ‘What I really want to say … begins with F and it ends with U’

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CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday ripped President Donald Trump, saying he’s fomenting violence and playing to racist urges for political gain in response to the killing of a black man by a Minneapolis police officer and subsequent rioting.Lightfoot’s comments were an apparent response to Trump tweeting a message that included “When the looting starts, the shooting starts” in reply to rioting in Minneapolis and elsewhere following the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on Floyd’s neck while he was in custody. Lig... (more…)

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