Research Reports

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Meta’s Implementation of Default Encryption on Facebook Messenger Remains Incomplete Six Months Since Rollout
Jul 19, 2024

In a survey of more than 80 Facebook Messenger users, Accountable Tech found that two-thirds of users have not seen Meta’s implementation of end-to-end encryption by default for all messages on Facebook Messenger.

As Global Elections Near, Meta’s Social Media Platforms Are Failing to Label Russian, Chinese, and Saudi Disinformation
May 03, 2024

Instagram and Facebook fail to appropriately label content from accounts controlled by Russia, China, and Saudi Arabia

Democracy by Design: Social Media’s Policy Scores
Mar 01, 2024

In the midst of the 2024 elections, our Democracy by Design scorecard indicates that all ten platforms are lacking in election preparedness.

Report: The Two Faces of Big Tech
Feb 28, 2024

A new report from Accountable Tech on how Big Tech companies lobby against the reforms they publicly endorse.

As Google Rolls Out New Privacy Commitments, Research Finds Company is Still Failing to Protect Privacy of Abortion Seekers
Jan 17, 2024

Data from seven states across the U.S. shows that Google still collects and retains Location History data for visits to abortion clinics despite the company promising in July 2022 to “delete these entries from Location History soon after they visit…in the coming weeks."

The Ongoing Insurrection: How Trump Continues to Weaponize Social Media Post January 6th
Dec 13, 2022

New report from Accountable Tech finds that more than 350 posts from Donald Trump on Truth Social are in violation of Facebook’s safety guidelines.

Post-Roe, Google’s Data Collection and Policies Could Endanger Those Seeking Abortions
Nov 29, 2022

New report from Accountable Tech reveals that Google is retaining both location search query and location history data for users who visit abortion clinics.

Platforms’ Looming Trump Decision
Sep 29, 2022

With Facebook likely to reinstate Trump on January 7, 2023, major social media platforms may decide to revisit their decisions to suspend Trump—with serious consequences at stake.

Facebook is Failing its Own Election Tests
Nov 12, 2020

Facebook has failed to deliver on a slew of public commitments it made before, during, and after Election Day—and the damage is far from over.

Facebook’s Algorithms Undermined COVID-19 Response, Spread Misinformation After George Floyd’s Killing
Aug 20, 2020

An Accountable Tech study finds that Facebook’s content curation and recommendation algorithms have actively promoted the spread of dangerous misinformation and extremism.

Mark Zuckerberg’s Free Speech Charade
Jul 15, 2020

Mark Zuckerberg wants us to believe Facebook is a beacon for freedom of expression and human rights, but that's not the full story.

Move Slow and Fake Things: Examining Facebook’s ‘Oversight’ Board
Jun 15, 2020

Thirty months after its conception, the Facebook-funded Oversight Board is nowhere near operational. This is the full story and examination of Facebook's 'Oversight' Board.

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