Facebook stops pages for sharing fake news through ads

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San Francisco, Aug 29: Facebook has decided to stop Pages that share fake news regularly from buying any ads from the company after the battle against the spread of fake news and misinformation.

According to report, once a story is marked as disputed on social media platform, the link can no longer be promoted although the ban on buying ads is not permanent.

Facebook is already working in collaboration with fact-checkers like Snopes and the AP to detect news stories which are outright hoaxes and lies.

This is one of the strict action the facebook has taken as last year after it was criticised for its role in helping to spread fake news.

It had an impact on the US presidential elections as well.

“Facebook has been trying to fight back in three ways — ending the economic incentive to post false news stories, slowing the spread of those stories and helping people make more informed decisions when they see a false story,” Rob Leathern, Facebook’s Product Director said.

“If a Page stops sharing false stories, it should eventually be able to buy ads again,” the company said.

Wefornews Bureau

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