US 2020 Elections: Facebook Outlines New Steps To Combat Fake News, Foreign Interference

US 2020 Elections: Facebook Outlines New Steps To Combat Fake News, Foreign Interference

Facebook have highlighted steps it is taking to combat foreign interference and online disinformation in the 2020 US elections.

YANS gathered that the social media outfit listed the measures to include better securing the accounts of elected officials, indicating the ownership of political pages, and introducing clearer fact-checking labels, the social media giant said in a statement to investors.

“We have a responsibility to stop abuse and election interference on our platform,” said the text, based on a blog post issued late last month by Facebook Vice President of Integrity Guy Rosen and other executives.

The stepped-up measures, first announced by chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, are the latest effort by Facebook to prevent a repeat of the online disinformation that marred the 2016 US election.

Facebook has been under pressure to improve how it spots meddling and misinformation, as well as to scrutinise political advertisements.

In a global initiative set to start in mid-November, the social network will step up a system that makes clear when information comes from state-controlled media outlets.

This comes days after Twitter announced a ban on all political advertising from its service, saying social media companies give advertisers an unfair advantage in proliferating highly targeted, misleading messages.

According to a statement by CEO Jack Dorsey, the ban will come into effect on November 22.

Dorsey admitted internet ads bring "significant risks to politics, where it can be used to influence votes to affect the lives of millions". He also said Twitter believes "political message reach should be earned, not bought".

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