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The chief executive published a roughly 3,300-word post cataloging the steps the social network has taken to prevent manipulation.
The elimination leaves Mr. Jones with a dearth of avenues to reach a mainstream audience.
A researcher found the platform’s recommendation system had steered viewers to fringe and conspiracy videos on a neo-Nazi demonstration in Chemnitz.
Was it the pathetic moment we deserve? Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg testified on Capitol Hill. A cast of characters joined them.
When Facebook and YouTube booted Mr. Jones, the internet provocateur, last month, Twitter did not. On Thursday, it joined them.
Wednesday’s hearings in Washington with social media executives did not devolve into ham-handed apologies. Instead, they showed a political system wrestling with issues that have no easy answers.
Republicans and Democrats sparred over censorship on social media, as the Justice Department said it would examine whether the services were purposely “stifling the free exchange of ideas.”
Mr. Dorsey testified before the House on the moderation of online content. Earlier in the day, he appeared at a Senate hearing with Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook.
In prepared testimony ahead of congressional hearings on Wednesday, Facebook and Twitter displayed a conciliatory approach over issues such as disinformation and manipulation.
Bans by Facebook and YouTube drastically reduced the reach of Infowars, Mr. Jones’s right-wing conspiracy site, a review of its traffic shows.
Many private groups reviewed by The Times contained content and behavior that appeared to violate Facebook rules, like those against hate speech.
President Trump’s charges that Google shows anti-conservative search bias is wrong. But Google may well be biased against minorities and others who lack real-world power.
Microsoft busted Kremlin-linked hackers who broadened their targets in the United States. And Facebook, YouTube and others found new influence campaigns originating from Russia and Iran.
The accounts were linked to the state broadcaster, the company said. The news followed similar moves by Facebook and Twitter.
The cybersecurity company has shifted its attention to detecting disinformation and uncovering social media campaigns intended to influence politics.
Facebook showed it was proactive against online threats when it revealed new global influence campaigns this week. But being proactive is far from finding a solution.
The social network’s disclosure of a new misinformation effort shows manipulation of its platform isn’t a phenomenon limited only to Americans.
The social network removed hundreds of fake accounts and pages targeting people in different countries and regions that originated in Iran and Russia.