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Monday, October 2, 2023

Facebook parent Meta slams The Wire for fabricating anti-BJP story

Meta (formerly Facebook) Chief Information Security Officer Guy Rosen on Tuesday slammed The Wire for publishing two stories, which, according to Rosen, were “outlandish and riddled with falsities”.

Rosen, in a Twitter thread, said that he wanted to set the record straight about two stories run this week by The Wire “with untrue claims about Meta’s content moderation operations and processes”.

“These stories are fabrications. The stories are simply incorrect about the cross-check programme, which was built to prevent potential over-enforcement mistakes. It has nothing to do with the ability to report posts, as alleged in the article,” he posted.

The Wire on October 10 published an article titled “If BJP’s Amit Malviya Reports Your Post, Instagram Will Take It Down — No Questions Asked”.

The article alleged that BJP’s Malviya is an all-powerful individual who can get any social media post on platforms such as Facebook and Instagram down.

Rosen said that in “its October 10 story, @thewire_in links to a supposed internal report about the incident in question. It appears to be a fabrication. The URL on that ‘report’ is one that’s not in use. The naming convention is one we don’t use. There is no such report”.

The Wire did a story again on October 11, saying Meta’s policy communications director Andy Stone sent an angry email to the team asking that the “activity report” of the leaked document be sent to him and that The Wire’s reporter and editor be put on a “watchlist” so that communications to them from Meta staff can be monitored.

Rosen said that the supposed email from Andy Stone “is a fake”.

“The supposed email address from which it was sent isn’t even Stone’s current email address, and the “to” address isn’t one we use here either. There is no such email. That same story makes reference to an internal journalist ‘watchlist’. There is no such list,” Rosen posted on Twitter.

“These accusations are outlandish and riddled with falsities. Let’s hope @thewire_in is the victim not the perpetrator of this hoax,” the Meta Chief Information Security Officer posted.

The Wire was yet to react to Rosen’s tweetstorm.

(The story has been published via a syndicated feed.)

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