Facebook Moderators Weren’t Prepared to Monitor Fake Russian Ads

Few days earlier, Facebook admitted that several advertisers had spent more than $100,000 on ads leading up to and following the US presidential election. While investigation regarding the matter is still ongoing, the social network’s moderators revealed that they weren’t prepared for the advertisements.

Talking to The Verge, four anonymous moderators of Facebook have revealed that due to huge demands related to advertisement on the social network on a daily basis, the employees weren’t prepared to combat propaganda to keep it off the site.

According to the reports, the advertisements in the question were run between June 2015 and May 2017 and three of the four employees were working for the social networking giant at the time. According to them, the software used to moderate the advertisements wasn’t capable to monitor the advertisements in an extensive level as moderators were responsible for blocking offensive and sexually explicit images.

The employees pointed out that even though the moderating software raised red flags among reviewers, large number of advertisers meant one or more of the advertisers would see his/her advertisement sneaking through the filtering process. Most importantly, the employees confirmed that it might have unintentionally approved all of the advertisements. As the social network will continue to come under heavy scrutiny in the coming months, we will have to see if other social networking platforms had similar issues leading towards the US presidential election.

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