Avaaz Facebook Report: Another Road Map for Bad Actors?

October 14, 2020

DarkCyber is intrigued by research reports which try to alert the public to an issue. Often the reports provide a road map for bad actors who are looking for a new method or angle to practice their dark arts. “Facebook’s Algorithm: A Major Threat to Public Health” may be a recent example of doing right going wrong.

Avaaz is, according to the organization’s Web site:

a global web movement to bring people-powered politics to decision-making everywhere.

A 33-page study, published in late August 2020, is available without charge at this link. The publication covers health misinformation through the lens of Facebook’s apparently flawed content curation mechanisms.

For bad actors (real or would be), the document explains:

  • The relationship between Web pages with “disinformation” and Facebook sites
  • The amplification function of content generators
  • Utility of a message output in multiple languages
  • The role of backlinks
  • A list of “gaps in Facebook’s” content curation method.

Interesting report and one which may help some individuals operate more effectively. Facebook’s content curation has some flaws. The company flagged a photograph of onions as salacious. No, really.

Stephen E Arnold, October 14, 2020


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