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    BuzzFeed News | Ryan Mac | 12/11/20 | 11 min
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    • normanbae4 weeks ago

      Using data from a Facebook tool called the “Hate Bait dashboard,” which can track content from groups and pages that leads to hateful interactions, the data scientist listed the 10 US pages with the “largest concentrated volume of likely violating Hate Speech comments” in the past 14 days. All were pages associated with conservative outlets or personalities, including Breitbart News, Fox News, the Daily Caller, Donald Trump’s campaign and main account, and Ben Shapiro. They also shared a sample of the hateful comments posted on a recent Breitbart News post about Nancy Pelosi’s support for transgender athletes.

      “I can’t overemphasize that this is a completely average run-of-the-mill post for Breitbart or any of the other top Hate Bait producers,” they wrote, referring to comments that called for the assault or killing of trans individuals.

      “They all create dozens or hundreds of posts like this [a] day, each eliciting endless volumes of hateful vile comments—and we reward them fantastically for it,” they wrote, emphasizing their own words.

    • Jim1 month ago

      Conservatives are 7 times more likely to forward misinformation than liberals.... Wow, Fake News? No, just news (facts).

    • chronotope
      Scout
      1 month ago

      “The implicit vision guiding most of our integrity work today is one where all human discourse is overseen by perfect, fair, omniscient robots owned by [CEO] Mark Zuckerberg. This is clearly a dystopia, but one so deeply ingrained we hardly notice it any more.”

      • Plum1 month ago

        Yes to all the comments. I got off Facebook years ago and felt an immediate freedom and now am repelled even when I read about it

    • TripleG
      Reading streak
      1 month ago

      Shut it down for good!

    • Pegeen
      Reading streakScribe
      1 month ago

      Such important information.

    • Florian
      Top reader this weekReading streak
      1 month ago

      paying people to stop using Facebook for a month caused a decline in negative partisan feelings by around 0.1 [standard deviation].

      Whoa... sounds like we just need to shut this thing down