Infowars on facebook: Officials struggled to explain
Facebook officials struggled on Wednesday to explain why it permits InfoWars, a media organization that is one of the world’s leading purveyors of conspiracy theories, to have a page on its platform.
John Hegeman, the head of Facebook’s News Feed, and Sara Su, a Facebook product specialist for News Feed failed to produce a satisfactory answer on the matter came at an event Facebook organized in its Manhattan offices. The talks was on facebook commitments to combating fake news and misinformation.
Following questions from the presse, Hegeman reply: “I guess just for being false that doesn’t violate the community standards. InfoWars has “not violated something that would result in them being taken down.” He insists that facebook was created to give people a voice.
In recent months, InfoWars has been drawn into the spotlight. For years, the outlet operated in the dark corners of the Internet, spreading conspiracy theories without facing much scrutiny. But as tech giants now grapple with how to prevent their platforms from being used to spread fake news and false information, InfoWars has found itself under pressure.
It should be noted that Facebook has taken action against pages that have spread false news in the past.