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Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa has criticized Facebook, calling it a threat to democracy and “prioritize[s] the spread of lies laced with anger and hate over facts.” When Facebook and its related sites went down recently, traffic to actual news sites went up . Frances Haugen, the whistleblower who revealed that Facebook knew it was bad for people, and especially young women, has appeared on 60 Minutes . She revealed that Facebook was aware of how divisive its platform was, but refused to make any changes to the algorithm because it brought it more ad revenue. According to internal documents, Facebook knew Instagram is bad for teens , most especially teenage girls. Facebook has shut down the personal accounts of two NYU researchers and halted their research into the spread of misinformation via political ads on the network . Although many conservatives believe Facebook is biased against them, employees of the social media giant worry that the opposite is true . They say that conservative outlets and voices like Breitbart, Charlie Kirk, Diamond and Silk, and Prager University all get “special treatment” from the platform, despite spreading misinformation. NAACP president Derrick Johnson has called Facebook a “threat to democracy.” He is one of the leaders the ongoing Facebook boycott, and he also said the boycotters won’t quit until Facebook makes changes . Despite the tremendous pressure from inside and outside the company, Facebook has so far refused to change its policy on (not) fact-checking political ads . Earlier […]