A watchdog group has launched a campaign to investigate how ‘fraudulent’ Facebook posts were spread on the social network.
It has been created by the group, the Open Social Media Alliance, which has been set up in response to a number of high-profile cases of fake news on the platform.
The group has said it wants to expose ‘further fraudulent and illegal behaviour and to educate users of Facebook and other social media platforms’.
It launched the campaign in response the publication of fake articles on the site by Russian propagandists last week.
In the latest episode, a Facebook post by Russian social media specialist Konstantin Malofeev purports to show an alleged picture of a female genitalia with the caption ‘The Russian Federation’.
MalofeeV claimed that the picture was a ‘fake image’ created by a ‘Russian troll farm’.
The post, which was widely shared on Facebook, was removed by Facebook after it was linked to a Russian disinformation campaign.
However, a spokesperson for the group said that it was investigating the incident.
“Facebook’s platform has an obligation to protect users and to provide a safe environment for them to share content that is important to them,” the spokesperson said.
A spokesperson for Facebook said that they have since taken down the post, and the social media platform has removed the fake content from the site.
Facebook’s own investigation into the matter has not been carried out.
‘I am not worried’ Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Monday that he was not worried about the recent reports of Russian disinformation on the page, which is shared by millions of users.
He added that the company has ‘a good track record’ of helping fight fake news and misinformation.
Meanwhile, the head of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, said that he believed that Facebook was not to blame for the recent Russian disinformation scandal.’
There is no doubt that we have to be vigilant in our democracy and in our society,’ he told reporters on Monday.
We have to make sure that we don’t allow our democracy to be influenced by people who are trying to spread lies and fake news.
Schulz said he was ‘not worried’ that Facebook would be punished for its role in spreading the Russian disinformation.’
We are confident that Facebook has a good track track record,’ he said.
‘We are not going to allow people who seek to harm us to gain access to our platform.’
Facebook is not responsible for any misinformation or misinformation on our platform, he added.
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