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Facebook documents its recommender system — a little bit. [Sarah Perez @ Techcrunch]
September 2, 2020
Facebook has not been very open about how its recommender system works exactly. This may be about to change though. Today, Techcrunch announced that Facebook “has, for the first time, made public how its content recommendation guidelines work”. However, Techcrunch also points out that there is little technical detail on how recommendations work.
Algorithmic recommendation systems on social media sites like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter have shouldered much of the blame for the spread of misinformation, propaganda, hate speech, conspiracy theories and other harmful content. Facebook, in particular, has come under fire in recent days for allowing QAnon conspiracy groups to thrive on its platform and for helping militia groups to scale membership. Today, Facebook is attempting to combat claims that its recommendation systems are at any way at fault for how people are exposed to troubling, objectionable, dangerous, misleading and untruthful content.
The company has, for the first time, made public how its content recommendation guidelines work.