#151 - Sophie Zhang - Whistleblowing On Facebook: Fake Engagement and Election Manipulation
Sophie Zhang is a data scientist and whistleblower who formerly worked at Facebook. From 2018 to 2020, while she was investigating "fake engagement" at Facebook, she uncovered abusive political manipulation and opposition harassment networks in 25 countries. Zhang reported that most of these subversive networks use Facebook's organization pages, configured with human names and photos to mimic human accounts in order to successfully escape Facebook's emerging efforts to counter fake users. She personally made decisions affecting countless world leaders and countries with no public oversight. British newspaper The Guardian is dedicating a series, The Facebook Loophole, based on Zhang's resources and accounts, to report on these Facebook-based political manipulations.
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