Facebook deletes Brazil president’s coronavirus misinfo post
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March 31, 20202 min read, 407 words

Facebook deletes Brazil president’s coronavirus misinfo postFacebook deletes Brazil president’s coronavirus misinfo post

Josh Constine
Published: March 31, 2020  |  2 min read, 407 words
Facebook has diverted from its policy of not fact-checking politicians in order to prevent the spread of potentially harmful coronavirus misinformation from Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Facebook made the decisive choice to remove a video shared by Bolsonaro on Sunday wher...
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Credible
April 1, 2020
The story directly reports on an action by FB and provides context for other choices that it does—and does NOT—take. There's necessarily some editorial judgement and risk of bias in making those decisions about context, and the piece could be better about identifying how it chose what to cite. I take it that the “real” story is how FB makes choices like this, and that this issue is obviously controversial. The report doesn't help much with understanding how FB is, or is not, taking responsibility for communications between an elected leader and his public.
April 1, 2020
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Balanced
April 1, 2020
I think this article brings some context about the misinformation that the Brazilian president is trying to spread through social media and adds some possibilities that are around the Facebook treatment for this specific case. As the author mention, it's hard to tell if Facebook will do the same to other kinds of lies in political speeches.
April 1, 2020
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Political Agenda
April 1, 2020
This was good right up until the last paragraph speculating that this will somehow impact Trump in some manner. Quite a shame that people cannot just report news...
April 1, 2020
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Investigative
March 31, 2020
A pretty good recap of how Facebook has been dealing with life-threatening misinformation from political figures, in this case, Brazil's President Bolsonaro. I appreciate that author Josh Constine linked the original misinformation rather than forcing us to take him and Facebook at their word.
March 31, 2020
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