Today, Campaign for Accountability the Tech Transparency Project released a report showing that Facebook allows ads for alcoholic drinks, pharmaceuticals, extreme weight loss, and other potentially harmful content to be targeted at children as young as 13 in the United States.
Today, the Tech Transparency Project released a report showing that smugglers are using Facebook to offer illegal passage across the southern U.S. border, despite the platform’s insistence that it doesn’t allow human exploitation.
Today, the Tech Transparency Project released a report showing that the company is leaving some gaping holes in its crackdown on militia groups, raising questions for CEO Mark Zuckerberg as he prepares to testify to Congress for the first time since the U.S. Capitol riot.
Today, the Tech Transparency Project released a report showing how tech companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon made heavy use of the Trump administration to advance their foreign business interests last year, undeterred by Trump’s escalating promotion of baseless election conspiracy theories.
Today, the Tech Transparency Project, released the results of a month-long project tracking Big Tech’s sponsorships of newsletters targeted to Beltway insiders. TTP found that Facebook, currently amid a public-relations push promoting Section 230 reform, among other things, sponsored at least one major Beltway newsletter every weekday from the start of February through the first week of March.
Facebook is allowing a far-right, pro-Trump “Patriot Party” movement to take root on its platform, combining elements of militia activity and election conspiracy theories. While the effort so far appears to be largely decentralized, it is spreading rapidly on Facebook. Some of these groups helped organize “Stop the Steal” rallies in Washington, D.C., including the Jan. 6 event that led to the deadly Capitol riot, and are continuing to use the platform to organize.