A new research study has revealed the involvement of meta and alphabet in the financing of misleading content in campaigns coordinated by groups in countries around the world.
According to a study by MIT University through its MIT Technology Review platform, the two companies mentioned have already donated millions of dollars as part of their content initiatives, which has led to an increase in misinformation globally.
The study pointed out that these initiatives played a crucial role in covering up the humanitarian catastrophe of Rohingya Muslims, as it allowed the spread of false political content through click bait sites and sources of stolen content.
A click bait or “click bait” is usually a deceptive text or thumbnail link designed to attract attention and persuade users to click on a link to view its contents.
The study found a security flaw in Facebook platform security checks, which allowed one person to control 11,000 accounts, causing networks of clickbyte sites to reach half a million Americans before the 2020 election.
They emphasized that at some point during the launch of the Facebook Instant Articles project, 60% of the content posted with this feature was engaged in unwanted activity.
On the other hand, the study reveals that the US company’s involvement in supporting the networks of ClickByte sites involved not only Meta but also Alphabet, which is affiliated with the Google search service. , Through the advertising service “Google AdSense”.
In addition to using the “Google Drive” service to store misleading content in more than 20 countries, the organizers of these suspicious sites have taken advantage of YouTube’s algorithms to promote viral content.
As part of that, Google said in an email to Al Jazeera’s News Monitoring and Verification Agency, “Sanad,” “We & # 39; re working hard to protect visitors from clicks or misleading content across our platforms, and we have invested heavily in information.”
“Following our review, we closed 29 YouTube channels reported to us by MIT Technology Review for violating our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines.”
“Also, before it’s implemented, we stopped advertising about 2,000 videos across these channels. We continue to actively monitor our platforms to prevent actors from abusing our network for profit.”
Sanad tried to contact Mata to get a response to the allegations leveled against him in the research study but so far no response has been received from them.
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