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Facebook Says It Was ‘Not Our Role’ To Remove Fake News During Australian Election

Facebook has declared it is not “our role to remove content that one side of a political debate considers to be false” in a final, positive, self-assessment of its actions in response to the death tax misinformation circulating on the platform during the May federal election. From a report: In correspondence seen by Guardian Australia, Simon Milner, the Singapore-based vice-president of the social media giant in the Asia-Pacific, tells Labor’s outgoing national secretary, Noah Carroll: “I understand that your preference would be for Facebook to remove all content that you believe constitutes misinformation — which in this instance mean all content that discussed whether or not Labor intends to introduce a death tax — rather than demote it; however Facebook only removes content that violates our community standards. “We do not agree that is is our role to remove content that one side of a political debate considers to be false,” Milner says in the letter sent a month after election day.


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