Facebook removes accounts in fight against fake news

by Ben Pena May 10, 2017, 3:17
Facebook removes accounts in fight against fake news

"By focusing on the three key areas outlined above, we hope we will make progress toward limiting the spread of false news - and toward building a more informed community on Facebook".

Facebook has also broadened its crackdown on fake news by launching an ad campaign on British media.

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has announced a number of measures it is taking in the United Kingdom to combat the spread of fake news and misinformation on its platform.

Facebook could face growing pressure over its role in politics, as campaigners cite the significance of its' role in both Brexit and the U.S. election.

In view of the 8 June parliamentary elections in Britain, it urges users in the country to be cautious about the validity of non-believable news headlines and to check other sources before they share, which may not be credible.

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The campaign is part of the social network's global strategy to crack down on widespread reports of fake news appearing on the platform during politically sensitive times.

Facebook said it has made improvements to quickly identify fake accounts by looking at patterns of activity such as repeatedly posting the same content or a significant increase in the volume of content posted. The company has been testing technology that identifies if people read an article but do not share it with their friends, suggesting it may be misleading.

Amongst the papers running the ads are The Guardian, The Times and The Telegraph.

Facebook's latest campaign in Britain comes after vocal criticism of the network's role in spreading false information during the 2016 US presidential election, as well as during a series of elections in Europe this year. It's working with outside organizations to fact check and analyze content, he says. The social media titan has been widely criticised for not doing anything about the spread of the false stories, but now it seems to be actively doing something about it. The company provided more details with regards to the effects of the measure to the publication, as well. "To help people spot false news, we are showing tips to everyone.on how to identify if something they see is false".

The moves were greeted with scepticism by Hetan Shah, chief executive of the Royal Statistical Society, which is calling for social media platforms to accept they have an implicit editorial function.


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