Facebook launches plan to fight election interference

Besides a renewed emphasis on fact-checking stories surfacing on its News Feed and adding stricter rules for political ads, Facebook is starting to fact-check photos and videos and warning users who share fake news. (Recode, March 29, 2018, by Kurt Wagner)

Facebook has begun to block millions of fake accounts each day and increased efforts to remove foreign-based pages with fake content. It piloted these efforts in the Alabama special election recently, shutting down Macedonian spammers hired to interfere in the election. (TechCrunch, March 29, 2018, by Josh Constine)

A recent study showed that Facebook’s News Feed algorithm has been successful in promoting real news but that click bait and false information are also thriving. (Columbia Journalism Review, March 29, 2018, by Mathew Ingram)

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