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Sen. Markey: Facebook ‘Failed Commitments’ to Stop Recommending Political Groups

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Sen. Markey: Facebook ‘Failed Commitments’ to Stop Recommending Political Groups

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Facebook is still recommending political groups to users despite a pledge from its CEO that it would no longer do so, Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) charged on Tuesday. Markey told Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a letter that Facebook “has failed to meet commitments it made to stop recommending political groups on its platform.” Markey alleged that the recommendation system “poses grave threats to American democracy and public safety,” adding that he believes many Facebook groups “are breeding grounds for hate, echochambers of misinformation, and venues for coordination of violence, including explicit planning for the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.” “Users organize and coordinate violent and anti-democratic efforts on these pages, but Facebook does not just allow these dangerous pages to exist on its platform, it recommends them to users,” he wrote, citing a 2016 internal presentation that showed 64 percent of extremist group joins were …

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