/ 23 August 2021

More on Facebook’s popular posts…

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On Friday, we talked about Facebook’s most popular posts between April and June this year. Think letter jumbles and cute kittens… And on the weekend, the New York Times said the same report had been prepared for January to March, but it wasn’t released. That’s because the most-viewed link was an article “suggesting that the coronavirus vaccine was at fault for the death of a Florida doctor.” And in the top 20 pages viewed was that of anti-China/right-wing conspiracy theorists The Epoch Times. Facebook has been under pressure to banish misinformation from its platforms, and a spokesman said “there were fixes to the system”. But former exec Brian Boland said “a report that is curated by a company and designed to combat a press narrative rather than real meaningful transparency” was whiffy.

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