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Why is #DeleteFacebook trending on Twitter? Calls to boycott social media site grow

Published: 25/May/2019 16:22 Updated: 22/Apr/2020 12:35

by Joe Craven

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As ever on Twitter, the trends reflect what the most people in any area are talking about, and on May 24 Twitter was hit by a storm of #DeleteFacebook tweets, for a variety of reasons.

Fake News on Facebook

One major issue many have had with the social networking site is the spread of fake news, as people fabricate stories and spread them like wildfire. Many people have accused Facebook of failing to regulate and limit the amount of fake news on the site.

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The problem has got so bad that the British Government promotes dedicated adverts on social media relating to the spread of fake news, and how difficult it can be to combat. It seems people are simply becoming tired of the amount of misinformation on the site.

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Facebook has been accused of failing to address fake news.

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Fake Accounts on Facebook

There is also a significant issue with the number of fake accounts on Facebook. In fact, recently Facebook posted an update relating to many aspects of its running, which showed that an estimated 5% of the accounts on the site are fake. This, of course, contributes to the fake news problem simultaneously.

The same update stated that they had removed over 3 billion fake accounts in just 6 months, from October 2018 to March of 2019.

Data Protection Issues on Facebook

There have long been issues on Facebook surrounding data protection and the unacceptable harvesting of users’ data without their consent. This came to a head in early 2018, when it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica had harvested millions of users’ data in order to alter the political advertisements they saw.

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This does not appear to be an issue which has been relegated to history, as CNN report that an Israeli company used fake social media accounts in order to influence African elections.

YouTube: NBCFacebook’s CEO and founder, Mark Zuckerberg, was questioned by the US Senate over controversies surrounding Facebook in April 2018.

Fake Nancy Pelosi Video

Earlier this week (week commencing May 20), an edited video of Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, was sent round Facebook. The clip was slowed down, leading to many people believe that the politician was drunkenly slurring her words, and Facebook has since refused to take it down.

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It seems that all of these issues have contributed to a number of social media users calling to #DeleteFacebook, as they grow impatient with a number of issues on the social media site.

The updates provided by Facebook are in line with their efforts to be more transparent with users since the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

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Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos

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Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.

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Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.

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“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.

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“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”

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Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.

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“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.