Facebook has been investigating suspicious posts in support of Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign, the Wall Street Journal said Monday local time, citing anonymous sources. Facebook confirmed that it was investigating a statement made by a researcher, but said it could not confirm the researcher’s statement.
In an emailed statement, a Facebook spokesman said: “We will investigate every credible statement we receive, as we did in this case, when an external researcher contacted us.” If we find a collaborative unreal behavior, we’ll delete it and make it public, as we did more than 50 times last year. “
Last week, Sanders said U.S. officials briefed him about Russia’s support for his campaign about a month ago. “It’s not clear what role they’re going to play,” Sanders said Saturday. We have been told that Russia may have other countries involved in this campaign… This is the message to Russia: Don’t participate in the U.S. election. “
Social media companies are trying to deal with fake news posts and deep-fake videos ahead of the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
Earlier this month, Facebook signed a contract with news agency Reuters to help identify fake news that appeared on Facebook and Instagram. As part of Facebook’s third-party fact-checking program, Reuters will comb through photos, videos, headlines and other posts in English and Spanish.
Twitter has said it will start tagging deep-fake content; Facebook has banned deep-fake content, but the company has faced criticism for not deleting edited videos; and YouTube says it is cracking down on voter misinformation. Alphabet, Google’s parent company, also said it would use fake photo detectors to deal with deep-fakes.