Elizabeth Dwoskin, Washington Post

Elizabeth Dwoskin

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Past articles by Elizabeth:

Facebook reveals broad takedown of global disinformation networks, including some tied to anti-vaccine groups and state actors

The cat-and-mouse game between Facebook and those that try to use its platform for manipulation around the world is escalating rapidly and governments continue to play a shadowy role. → Read More

Facebook releases new reports on transparency and oversight amid criticism

Facebook published a series of reports on Tuesday that showcase the company's evolving response to a tide of criticism that its platform causes societal harm. The reports demonstrate that the company is gradually increasing transparency and oversight of its platform - though assuredly not to a degree that would placate the growing number of lawmakers around that world who say that regulation of… → Read More

Israel escalates surveillance of Palestinians with facial recognition program in West Bank

The ‘Blue Wolf’ system integrates a vast database of images with a growing network of cameras and smartphones. → Read More

Inside Facebook’s decision to eliminate facial recognition — for now

Facebook’s facial recognition decision was in the works for months, long before the current whistleblower scandal. → Read More

Facebook is changing its name to Meta as it focuses on the virtual world

The company made the decision amid a wave of criticism following the release of tens of thousands of internal documents. → Read More

Facebook orders employees to preserve documents due to inquiries from governments around the world

Facebook sent out a companywide notice on Tuesday ordering employees to preserve documents and communications since 2016 in response to legal inquiries from around the world. → Read More

Facebook may be changing its name, according to report

Facebook is reportedly planning to rebrand itself with a name change, according to a report in the Verge. → Read More

Misinformation on Facebook got six times more clicks than factual news during the 2020 election, study says

News publishers on Facebook that trafficked in misinformation in the months preceding and immediately following the 2020 election got six times the number of likes and shares as pages that publish factual news, according to a forthcoming peer-reviewed study by New York University and the Université Grenoble Alpes. → Read More

Facebook says post that cast doubt on covid-19 vaccine was most popular on the platform from January through March

The social-media platform’s Saturday evening acknowledgment comes after a lengthy internal debate over whether to share data. → Read More

Facebook to end a longtime exception made for politicians who break its rules

The change is part of a series of responses to the Facebook Oversight Board’s ruling on former President Trump. → Read More

Facebook’s reversal on banning claims that covid-19 is man-made could unleash more anti-Asian sentiment

Facebook will no longer remove content saying covid-19 is manmade, a reversal based on recent revelations which give more credence to the theory that it was developed in a lab in Wuhan, China. The decisions shows the challenges of policing free speech and could unleash more anti-Asian sentiment. → Read More

Russia is still the biggest player in disinformation, Facebook says

A Facebook report released Wednesday says that Russia is still the largest producer of disinformation, a notable finding just five years after Russian operatives launched a far-reaching campaign to infiltrate social media during the 2016 election. → Read More

Civil rights groups flagged dozens of anti-Muslim pages and groups to Facebook that stayed up, lawsuit alleges

The civil rights group Muslim Advocates, along with an academic, have flagged over 225 anti-Muslim pages to Facebook that they claim violate its hate speech policies since 2017. Many are still up. → Read More

Massive Facebook study on users’ doubt in vaccines finds a small group appears to play a big role in pushing the skepticism

Facebook is conducting a vast behind-the-scenes study of U.S. users who express doubtfulness about vaccines, a major project that attempts to probe and teach software to understand the medical attitudes of millions of Americans, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post. → Read More

Facebook, Australia reach deal to restore news pages after shutdown

Facebook agreed to restore news pages after said it had reached a favorable deal with the Australian government late Monday. → Read More

A quarter of Trump’s 6,081 Facebook posts last year featured misinformation or extreme rhetoric

Analysis by the left-leaning group Media Matters for America found that a quarter of former president Donald Trump's Facebook posts in 2020 contained misinformation about covid-19 or incendiary rhetoric about the election. The numbers show the wide latitude Facebook gave to Trump's speech and raise new questions about whether a temporary ban of his account should be made permanent. → Read More

On social media, vaccine misinformation mixes with extreme faith

Across social media, vaccine misinformation targeted toward Christians and other religious groups is reaching sizeable audiences. This area is the hardest for tech companies to police. → Read More

With Bezos out as Amazon CEO, Zuckerberg is the last man standing

With Bezos out as CEO after 27 years, Mark Zuckerberg is the last founder to run a tech giant. → Read More

Zuckerberg slams Apple in an earnings call, casting Facebook as a victim

Zuckerberg’s comments, at a time when the social network is being accused of major antitrust violations by the Justice Department, seemed intended to portray it as not a monopoly but a company facing significant threats from a competitor. → Read More

Twitter’s misinformation problem is much bigger than Trump. The crowd may help solve it.

Twitter's Birdwatch pilot lets selected users write corrections and fact checks on potentially misleading tweets. → Read More