Facebook fights with fake news using ads
The presidential elections in France is only days away, while there are still months until Germany’s federal elections. This time Facebook did something to fight with fake news that proves they don’t have any tolerance to the articles that manipulates people.
Germany’s federal elections in September are approaching. France’s (semi) presidential elections will be held in 8 days and the second round of the elections will be held after 3 weeks. Facebook is also indifferent to this situation. Facebook believes that it has found a solution to regain its credibility after what happened in the American elections months ago where it is believed that fake news manipulated the election results by supporting Donald Trump and shadowing Hillary Clinton. In Germany and France’s biggest newspapers, post warnings against “fake news” are published as in the form of full page ads.
Guides published in France’s biggest newspapers such as Le Monde, Les Échos, Libération, Le Parisien, 20 Minutes and in Germany with Die Welt givens 10 tips to identify fake news on the internet. Facebook advises citizens to verify the address, history, photos, and the facts of the information being revealed under the real name of the article. The contents of these guides are similar to the clues that are starting to appear at the top of Facebook’s news flow and application.
Facebook’s decision is not very radical. France is a bit more moderate, but in Germany, the Merkel government was forced to legislate on Facebook and take vigilant measures against counterfeit news. Merkel’s cabinet passed a law last week that would allow social networks to punish up to 50 million euros if they did not put an option on their users to complain about hate sharing and fake news.
Facebook also announced yesterday that 30,000 Facebook users closed their accounts on account of sharing “spam, false information, misleading content,” and posted “fraudulent likes” and were part of other suspicious activities.
Trump’s victory in the American elections, especially after the criticism that comes from behind the academics when the fake news that claims Clinton sold weapons to the ISID is spreading like a virus, Facebook makes a statement saying that they accept they are partly responsible for forwarding millions of false information to its users. Apparently the company will be at least in the hands of the European countries to ensure that this mistake is not repeated.