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Facebook’s new commitments on climate misinformation fall short
Facebook has announced new efforts to combat climate crisis misinformation on its platform, however, climate advocates have claimed these efforts fall short.
Efforts announced include expanding its climate science centre, investing in organisations that fight misinformation, and launching a video series with young climate advocates on Facebook and Instagram.
Critics have expressed scepticism as vast amounts of climate misinformation seem to slip through.
This was confirmed by climate denial watchdog group InfluenceMap in 2020 when dozens of climate crisis denying ads were viewed more than 8 million times after avoiding Facebook’s filters.
Mark Zuckerberg was sent a letter in the past written by 13 environmental groups asking for a higher commitment in monitoring climate misinformation and for more transparency about the scale of the problem on Facebook.
Social media platforms increasingly prominent in radicalisation
A study by Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) has been published in a report by the Ministry of Justice.
The research involved analysing over 230 detailed post-conviction assessments to investigate offline and online activities in the build-up to the offence, risk levels and characteristics of the offender and the case.
Findings since 2005 showed that the proportion of offenders radicalised online has increased and the number of those primarily radicalised offline has decreased proportionally.
Those primarily radicalised offline were found to have the highest levels of capability to commit future extremist offences likely to cause serious or significant harm.
The types of websites, platforms and applications used by those who are convicted of extremist offences were found to have changed, moving away from specific extremist websites and towards the use of open social media platforms.
The researchers hope that these findings can contribute to efforts in profiling of online and offline pathways into radicalisation and to more effective offender assessment.