Facebook's architecture hurt its own misinformation policies, research finds

Updated: Sep 16 2023 2:14PM

New Delhi, Sep 16 (PTI) Facebook's core design sabotaged the social media giant's efforts to combat misinformation running rife on the platform, scientists analysing its misinformation policies said.

The platform's architecture pushed back even when Facebook tweaked its algorithms and removed content and accounts to combat vaccine misinformation, the researchers at the George Washington University, US, found.

No reduced engagement with anti-vaccine content was seen, despite Facebook's significant effort to remove a lot of such content during the COVID-19 pandemic, their study published in the journal Science Advances said.