Facebook and Instagram will identify fake news posts

The Facebook announced on Monday (21) a new package of resources and the modernization of its targeted policies to combat the spread of fake news . From now on, the platform will more clearly identify to users any material with fake content or controlled by state agencies.

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Fake or partially fake photos and videos, including Instagram stories , will be tagged at the top, along with a link explaining an independent fact checker. If someone tries to share posts categorized as fake on Facebook or Instagram, a popup will appear indicating the rating of " false information ".

To bring more transparency, the social network will also add information about Facebook page owners. In a new tab called "Organizations that manage this page," users will have access to the legal name, city, phone number, and website of the companies that maintain that page. Also, starting next month, newspapers "wholly or partially under the editorial control of your government" will be labeled "state-controlled media."

Safer Elections

The platform also announced measures to strengthen security and information during election processes. One is Facebook Protect, which consists of a set of features to protect candidate accounts in elections. "Participants must enable two-factor authentication and their accounts will be monitored for evidence of hacking attacks such as attempts to log in to unusual locations or unverified devices," says Facebook.

Another tool, still restricted to the US presidential election in 2020, will allow users to track candidate spending on Facebook, including new details such as state and regional spending and search for advertising data. The company will also ban ads that suggest discouraging voting in some way.

Giant pressed

The measures are announced shortly after Facebook has decreed that it will not send political advertisements to fact-checkers, which has generated huge dissatisfaction in popular opinion. The company upheld that decision today, but acted to more prominently label any non-advertising content classified as fake. In parallel, the company removed four networks of accounts based in Iran and Russia, which misled users about their identities and posted fiery political news.

Platform changes were not the only initiative to defeat fake news. Facebook also revealed a $ 2 million spend on media literacy efforts. "These projects range from training programs ... to the expansion of a pilot program that brings seniors and high school students together to learn about online security and media knowledge, or public events at bookstores, community centers and libraries." , said the company.

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