Rights group: Facebook amplified Myanmar military propaganda

A new report by the rights group Global Witness says Facebook’s recommendation algorithm amplifies military propaganda and other material that breaches the company’s own policies in Myanmar following the country’s military coup. A month after Feb. 1 military takeover and imprisonment of many of its elected leaders, Facebook’s algorithms were still prompting users to view and “like” pages containing posts that incited and threatened violence, pushed misinformation that could lead to physical harm, praised the military and glorified its abuses. Facebook said Tuesday its teams “continue to closely monitor the situation in Myanmar in real-time and take action on any posts, Pages or Groups that break our rules.”