How Facebook wants to prevent manipulation

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The former US president regularly broke the rules of the social network – now he’s banned.

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Düsseldorf The general election is in three months, and who is elected could at least partially depend on Facebook. Its communication services – in addition to the social network, Instagram and WhatsApp – have long been considered central places for opinion-forming. Not only democratically legitimized parties take advantage of this. Shadow organizations and conspiracy theorists also know how to use the platforms, as the demonstrable manipulation of the US presidential election in 2016 showed.

There is also specific cause for concern in Germany: According to the security authorities, Russia could try to interfere in the federal elections with disinformation and cyber attacks in order to disrupt “trust in state institutions, political decision-making and electoral processes”. This is the analysis in a confidential report by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, which the “Tagesspiegel” quotes.

On Facebook they know about the danger to democracy and their own image. You are currently spending most of your time on the subject of elections, stressed the European boss Angelika Gifford in an interview with the Handelsblatt.

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