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Facebook Removes Accounts in Fight Against Fake News

10 May 2017

"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".

The tech giant also took out large ads in British newspapers offering readers methods for identifying inaccurate stories.

However critics have accused Facebook of placing the emphasis on users to spot and eradicate fake news and not tackling the issue itself. Facebook's algorithm determines what you see where in your news feed.

"In brief, we have had to expand our security focus from traditional abusive behavior, such as account hacking, malware, spam and financial scams, to include more subtle and insidious forms of misuse, including attempts to manipulate civic discourse and deceive people", Facebook wrote in the Information Operations white paper (emphasis ours).

In April, Facebook finally unveiled its plan to combat the spread of disinformation on its site. If no other news source is reporting the same story, it could indicate that it is false. In the run-up to the French presidential election (which was won by Emmanuel Macron on Sunday night), 30,000 bogus accounts apparently spewing out "false news" were removed.

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Facebook says it has deleted tens of thousands of accounts in Britain ahead of the June 8 general election in a drive to battle fake news. Fake news has also been cited as playing a role in President Donald Trump's election, with millions sharing demonstrably false stories. The false stories that appeared on the network included an article claiming that Clinton was running a pedophilia ring out of a pizza restaurant in Washington D.C.

"If shocking claims in the headline sound unbelievable, they probably are", says the ad, which took up a full page in newspapers including the Daily Telegraph, the Times of London and the Guardian.

"People want to see accurate information on Facebook and so do we", Simon Milner, Facebook's United Kingdom policy director, said in a statement Monday. And given the fact that many believe fake news helped push the country out of the European Union., there will no doubt be plenty of attention given to whether Facebook is the source of similar election-related fake news. The company provided more details with regards to the effects of the measure to the publication, as well.

Facebook has come under intense pressure to tackle the spread of false stories, which came to prominence during the USA presidential election past year when many inaccurate posts were widely shared on it and other social media services. "They know what goes on within their platform".

Facebook Removes Accounts in Fight Against Fake News