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Technology • Internet & Web
Whistleblower alleges Facebook of ignoring global political manipulation
Whistleblower alleges Facebook of ignoring global political manipulation
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According to a 6,600-word memo that has been obtained by BuzzFeed News, a former Facebook data scientist accuses Facebook of ignoring political manipulation on a global scale.

In the memo, Sophie Zhang gives "concrete examples of heads of government and political parties in Azerbaijan and Honduras using fake accounts or misrepresenting themselves to sway public opinion".

One of the examples given is that 672,000 fake accounts have been removed that globally manipulated the narrative during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Zhang also stated that she has "personally made decisions that affected national presidents without oversight, and taken action to enforce against so many prominent politicians globally that I’ve lost count".

Politics • American • Central American
Honduras president Juan Orlando Hernández tested positive for Covid-19
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández  at the Department of State, March 21, 2017
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández at the Department of State, March 21, 2017 Credit: U.S. Department of State from United States / Public domain

On Tuesday, Juan Orlando Hernández, president of Honduras, announced in a televised speech that he had tested positive for Covid-19 and that he would be working remotely while receiving treatment. His wife Ana Garcia de Hernández and two of his aides have also tested positive for Covid-19 and are being treated.