Facebook Steps Up Efforts To Combat Misinformation
Facebook announced that they are launching new ways to inform people if they’re interacting with content that’s been rated by a fact-checker as well as taking stronger action against people who repeatedly share misinformation on Facebook. Whether it’s false or misleading content about COVID-19 and vaccines, climate change, elections or other topics, the social media giant will make sure that only few people can see misinformation.
Pages That Repeatedly Share False Claims
Facebook want to give people more information before they like a Page that has repeatedly shared content that fact-checkers have rated, so you’ll see a pop up if you go to like one of these Pages. You can also click to learn more, including that fact-checkers said some posts shared by this Page include false information and a link to more information about our fact-checking program. This will help people make an informed decision about whether they want to follow the Page.
Facebook Expanding Penalties For Individual Accounts
In late 2016, Facebook launched fact-checking program – aimed on reducing viral misinformation. Facebook took strong action against Pages, Groups, Instagram accounts and domains that sharing misinformation. Now, the company is expanding some of these efforts to include penalties for individual Facebook accounts too. Since today, Facebook will reduce the distribution of all posts in News Feed from an individual’s account if they repeatedly share content that has been rated by one of our fact-checking partners. Facebook already reduce a single post’s reach in News Feed if it has been debunked.
Redesigned Notifications When People Share Fact-Checked Content
Currently the Company only notify users when they share content that a fact-checker later rates, but now they redesigned these notifications to make it easier to understand when this happens. The notification includes the fact-checker’s article debunking the claim as well as a prompt to share the article with their followers. It also includes a notice that people who repeatedly share false information may have their posts moved lower in News Feed so other people are less likely to see them.