Facebook has shown concern about rumors spreading about its platform and that’s why it’s worked on a special software program called Stormchaser that is used to track and deny misinformation about Facebook, including WhatsApp.
Stormtracker was developed in 2016 and has been used to track viral publications about the company. Track everything from rumors that Facebook listens to users, to a joke that tells users that if they don’t copy and paste a state, Facebook would share their private information, taunt mark Zuckerberg and more.
In at least a few cases, Facebook used Stormchaser to share messages that discredit false claims about the company. For some, this is a test that prioritizes the fight against fake news that puts the company in a bad perspective on other misinformation. However, the company says that’s not the case.
“We didn’t use this internal tool to fight fake news because it wasn’t what it was created for, and it wouldn’t have worked. The tool was built with a simple technology that helped us detect posts on Facebook based on keywords, so we could consider whether to respond to product confusion on our own platform. Comparing the two is a false equivalence,” a Facebook spokesperson said.
Stormtracker has the most peculiar advantages. Considering that it has the main social media platforms, it has a unique perspective and, when necessary, can take steps to discredit rumors. It also raises questions about what Facebook’s private future will look like as long as there are tools like these.